What’s In A Number???
Hello Athenas! Aadhya has made me introspect a lot these past few days. What’s the country coming to if “underage” teenagers are taught to believe they can get away with murder as long as there is a piece of paper which proves them to be under the age of 18, the legal point at which a person is supposed to transform from minor to adult, and when he supposedly can be held accountable for his actions? “Age is just a number.” I have heard this so often that every time I hear it, it makes me want to roll my eyes heavenwards. If age is “just a number,” why has it assumed importance of monumental proportions when punishment for a brutal crime is being discussed?
After recent events, our lawmakers seriously need to revisit and revise. If someone can exhibit such brutal behavior when they are underage, just imagine how much more brutal the person can become after becoming an adult. And a year or two in a correctional facility is not going to flush the brutality out of the system. In fact, it would only get worse.
“I got away with rape and murder when I was a boy, so why not do it again?” If this thought process occurs, then watch out all you ladies out there. I’m sorry if I’m sounding like a doomsayer, but this is the sad truth. Punishment must befit the crime. A brutal crime calls for a brutal punishment. Lawmakers, please, I request you. Sit up and take notice. Something needs to be done. Criminals cannot be allowed to escape with a light sentence simply because they’re “underage.” An adult crime calls for an adult punishment. At least make a provision in our laws to try each case on merit and where extenuating circumstances prevail, let there be a provision to try the offender as an adult.
And I also have a request for the parents of such “underage” offenders. I understand the maternal and paternal instincts to try and get your offspring off with a light sentence by hook or crook. But please try to remember that your offspring, if left unchecked, could prove to be a great menace to other women. Your offspring may feel it’s his right to snatch another human life. And I’m telling you, it’s almost as bad as taking the abuser’s side and chastising your child when the little one comes and tells you about being taken advantage of, violated and abused.
A parent’s duty is not just to love and protect your children, but discipline them as well. Sometimes, tough love works best. And when it’s your offspring who’s responsible for brutalizing another human being, please, please, please don’t rush to their defense. Let them learn that crime doesn’t pay. I do not know if my words have gotten through or fallen on deaf ears, but I have wanted to say them for long because deep down, it’s what I’m feeling.
This land needs to be made safe for her daughters and each and every one of us have a role to play in order to make this possible. We cannot keep hiding from our responsibilities forever. “Ask not what your country has done for you. Ask what you have done for your country,” said former U.S. President John F. Kennedy. It’s about time each one of us asked that question to ourselves and come up with an honest answer. Change begins at home and we must be brave enough to make this change happen.
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