Like many other crimes and offences, the street crime has broken all previous records challenging the writ of security departments. Over past six months, after the spread of pandemic, the poverty has increased upto record breaking levels, leaving hundreds of thousands people at the mercy of government.
In lockdown various businesses got closed because of the pandemic corona. The once financially stable people came down on the roads owing to multiple setbacks. What to talk of already broken people? In fact this situation paved the way for the people to adopt adverse options for their survival. Resultantly, offences like robbery, mobile snatching, kidnapping, illegal drugs trade, pick pocketing, murders and so on became order of the day. It’s poverty behind all the odds we are witnessing.
There seems no single city spared from the threats posed by street crimes. Government must address the grievances of poor and protect its citizens from being the victim of crime. Government should announce relief package to alleviate poverty and control the street crimes, as it’s believed that poverty is mother of all crimes.
M Jazib Soomro