Civic Behavior – Preventing Vandalism in India

first_imgVandalism is a problem we have normalized in our society. While vandalism acts are frowned upon and punishable, it just ends up being a part of short talk. We have observed vandalism in almost every form in our country – from damaging monuments to burning public property in the pretext of protesting. Vandalism has become an integral part of India’s rich heritage, with vandals using every other building, road, or monument as a notice board, declaring their love for someone or spreading awareness through graffitis.Various studies point to such behaviours as deeply rooted in the parent-child relationship disturbances at a young age. Human beings are social animals, continually looking for acceptance and approval from others, and when this requirement is not met, they try to change their environments to fit their ideals. Destructive behaviour in a person appears in early childhood. But at this age, it is the method of gaining knowledge of the laws and characteristics of the subjective environment. Even though the results resemble vandalism, the child never considers this destructive or antisocial. For them, the limits of acceptable activity are yet to be determined and socially prescribed.A simple solution suggested is not to react inappropriately or impulsively to young children’s actions, communicate effectively, and, most importantly, by being reasonable. Suppressing a child’s will because you find it inappropriate is not a plausible explanation for the child to understand the reason. It leads to feeling oppressed, which frustrates children, and this pent up anger comes out as destructive behaviour. Another effective method is to stop substituting emotional connect with material objects. Children require parents’ attention and participation and resort to disobedience or tantrums to attract the attention they crave.The step I would suggest would be for parents to actively be a part of their children’s world and not just set the rules for them. They also need to explain why something is unacceptable and not just restrict their destructive behaviour by employing negative or positive reinforcement. It is necessary to act sooner than later because while this behaviour is latent at a young age, it becomes very prominent in teenagers.It has been made abundantly clear that employing just physical interventions haven’t been doing the trick as vandalism hasn’t ceased to exist. Instead, they have acted as motivation for further interdisciplinary actions. The government should involve communities instead of working on its own to restrict acts of vandalism. The government tried to implement this years ago, but poor implementation due to lack of a powerful media source like the internet back in the day led to poor traction. Now, especially with a “woke” community, it should be easier to restrict such acts. As most vandals work secretly not to get caught, the fear of being reported will act as a deterrent. Secondly, it is also essential to understand and differentiate between severe and minor acts of vandalism. Some could make things better, as the graffitis on walls spreading awareness about society. Simultaneously, some are just plain distasteful, fortifying the need for the community to be involved, as it is hard to draw the line between what’s offensive and what’s not.Lastly, the ruling authorities need to address something that needs to be addressed rather than the community to identify the significant socioeconomic changes that might influence people. It could be anything from lower wages to unavailability of proper education or basic amenities. Something might be the result of an outrage today but might lead to more organized forms if overlooked.The first solution will work if the parents are willing to give up their authority and understand that children, despite their age, have thoughts and ideas of their own. This is something deeply rooted in our culture that children should respect their elders. I want people to understand that everyone needs to be respected, irrespective of their age. The moment we stop belittling children and start communicating effectively with them is when we take a stride towards making things better.The second solution works on a community level and would do if the community itself understands what it means to protect public property and condemn vandalism. We have all witnessed protestors burning down vehicles and building in the name of justice, but what they need to work against is precisely this misguided outrage. So implementing this would require more efforts, bringing people together, educating them that it’s been built through their taxes, and they have to work together to protect it. Utilizing the internet would aid the process considering the fact that a considerable chunk of our population uses the internet and is up-to-date with all the latest affairs.The third solution works on a national level and is by far the most difficult to implement. Identifying the segments of society involved in vandalism and then finding out the root cause for it is already a herculean task, especially considering all the other issues – the pandemic, economic depression, and the war-like tension the world is currently facing. So restructuring the laws to be stricter can be considered an alternative solution, albeit a temporary one.Claiming that the above solutions can solve the problem would be too far-fetched, but it will undoubtedly bring about some change that will make things better in the future.last_img read more