Can widespread community counseling help reduce crimes against women?Two recent incidents of rape were reported from different pockets of Tamil Nadu are simply shocking. Both incidents involved school boys below the age of 18. It is obviously the bad company and highly harmful influences of movies are partly responsible for such an act.
There have been suggestions to increase counseling sessions in groups, at the school level, and in the community as well, with experienced elders from bankers, Government servants, and so on. Systematic training of young minds to focus on whatever needs to be done to become good citizens can hopefully emerge from such counseling sessions.
If such attempts are being made in some places, members may highlight the details. The other extreme is the Hyderabad encounter, where the persons involved we're simply shot dead. There was massive support for such an initiative.
What approach will work? The Tamil movie, "Valimai" also dubbed in several languages, shows an affirmative approach, with a chance being given to the hardened criminals to reform themselves. Both the soft and the very harsh approaches are available.
Can group counseling help?