Skip to main content

Social Crimes During Pandemic


Social Crimes During Pandemic 

If we try  to study the effects of Covid-19 Pandemic on Social Crimes, during & after lockdown,  some interesting  features  in  crime records can be observed ; The development of such features is owing to changes in social behavior, some social habits and obviously,  the social panic associated with the pandemic situation ;  Mandatory  staying at home,  excessive dependence on internet for work from home,  strict maintenance of  social distance outside  etc. ,  all  have changed the known pattern of crime records of the pre-pandemic  era ;  During the pandemic  lockdown period the occurrence of some types of crime have increased whereas  some types of crimes have dropped down to a considerable extent ;


The  Crimes That  Have  Increased :

·       Cyber Crimes :  A new study has found that there has been a momentous surge in Cyber-Security Crimes during  the Covid-19 pandemic ; The researchers have noted that there have been reports of scams impersonating public authorities such as WHO & other organizations like airlines, supermarkets etc. The  cyber criminals often target the public who are now socializing and spending more time online in general, as well as the increased population of people who are working from home [The Hindu Business Line, as updated by Prashasti Awasthi on 23/03/2021] ;


·       Domestic violence : As victims’ exposure to their offenders increases resulting from mandatory confinement of the latter during Lockdown period and even, after the opening of the lockdown the continued practice of the ‘Work from Home’ in some sectors like IT Sectors, Digital Marketing, Online Freelancing etc.


·       Counterfeiting & Fraud :  In India Police Department  has seized thousands of fake N95 Masks ; They have raided shops selling overpriced Masks & Sanitizers and initiated  a case against hoarders of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) [Outlook India ; PTI – 25/03/2020 ;  Livemint. Retrieved 13/04/2020] ;


 The  Crimes  That  Have  Decreased :

·       Street Crimes : During the full or partial lock downs, owing to restriction on

movements there are fewer people on the street causing the decrease in street crimes ;

·       Theft & Residential Burglaries : These incidents have decreased with the effect of larger proportion of people staying at home ;

Global  Records : As per Associated Press report the Chicago Drug Arrests has fallen upto 40% since the lockdowns  compared with the same periods in 2019 & this decrease is being seen across the various cities globally as restrictions were increased to contain the spread of virus [Wikipedia] ;

General Effect : The Covid-19 Pandemic induced economic recession has pushed an estimated 85 to 115 million people globally into extreme poverty & unemployment which is expected to rise to 150 million in 2021 ; In contemporary societies , poor financial conditions are one of the leading causes of stress-induced crimes ; Higher levels of unemployment are often accompanied by poor working conditions, decreased social spending by governments & increased prices of consumer goods as has been witnessed in India in the past few months  [ORF-23/03/2021, by S. Das & S. Bhowmick] ;




Popular posts from this blog

Covid-19 Pandemic - Impact on Mental Health

Covid-19 Pandemic – Impact on Mental Health Introduction The long   duration   of this Covid-19 Pandemic,   resulting in more or less total Lock Down of nearly two months (in our country)   has started taking   its   toll on the mental health of all sectors of the   common people   throughout the Globe ;   In India,   the Pandemic has significantly affected   our lifestyle, career & economy over the past few weeks ;   A recent study in India   has shown that there has been a significant rise in the number of patients suffering from mental health issues ; People from several age groups are reporting   cases of excessive stress, anxiety, panic   & depression ;   Symptoms   of Mental Illness There are ways by which we can understand &   identify   the various mental health issues that may be manifested in any member of our family ; These are –                 Fear & Nervousness,   Insecure feelings about futures,   Insomnia & Nightmares,   Anxiety, Pan

Covid 19 - The DANGER of a Two Speed Response

  Covid-19 – The DANGER  of   a Two Speed Response   A Global Battlefield The human civilization is just in the middle of a battle now, the battle against a tiny virus   called   Coronavirus ;   To survive, our civilization has to   fight unitedly   to win over this enemy   where   the battlefield remains to be the   whole   area of our planet ; The UN Secretary General Mr. Antonio Guterres   on   24 th   May,   2021, has urged the countries to take bold   decisions now to both end the crisis and   build a safe & healthy future for all ;     The Grim Picture As per a recent report of the WHO Chief,   Mr. T.A. Ghebreyesus, there have been more Covid-19   cases   so far this year than in the whole of   the previous year (2020),   “On current trends” said he, “ the number of deaths will overtake last year’s total within the next three weeks” ;   As against this scenario, most of the   vaccine doses or 75 % ,   have been   administered   only in just   10

Pandemic's Effect on Family Relationship

  Pandemic’s Effect on Family Relationship   It will be a very interesting   discussion if we look into the matter   of   some sort of changes   in family   relationship in this global pandemic atmosphere ;   This Covid-19 Pandemic, being   an once-in-a-century affair, followed by a series  of Lock-downs in almost  every  country,  has so far affected in every  sphere  of  human life, namely, social, cultural,  economic  & also in   family-lives in  almost all the  corners of our planet ;   However,   to   limit the   volume   of this   writing ,   let us   confine our   brief  discussion only  to the  changes  that might have been noticed   due to this pandemic situation  within the family  circles  of two  different  economic  sectors,  i.e., the Working Class &/or Lower- Middle Class People   and   the   Upper-Middle Class people ; At the beginning it should be made clear that the points narrated  below  are not at all comprehensive,  written on the basis of only