I didn’t want to write another post for this, but I need to know if I am the only one not comfortable with the way this case is being discussed in some places. Do you think modern day pressures and parenting is the cause of this crime? Did we have no juvenile crimes in the past? Also, do you think it matters that throughout history we have glorified violence making some kind of violence justified because the violent person couldn’t take it any longer? Can violence be justified except in self defense?
What did you think of the Chennai teenager from class IX stabbing a teacher for ‘being too strict’? Read more about it here.
… it was a free period at 11.30am and the teacher had volunteered to take a special class for students with Hindi as the second language. “There were just six students who were to attend the class. The boy went to the classroom with the knife before the other students reached there, and attacked her,” .
…When they tried to nab him, he brandished the knife, threatening to attack them, said an eyewitness.
… the student did not attempt to escape.
Police recovered the blood-soaked knife from the boy and arrested him on charges of murder. The student’s schoolmates said the boy was not aggressive by nature, but had been aloof. “He never mingled with others,” a student said. His neighbours too said he has been a quiet child… [Link]
The teacher was a single mother with two daughters staying in a school hostel.
Thirty-nine-year-old Uma Maheshwari died with many dreams. She hoped to see her daughters study medicine and become doctors one day. She wanted to become a college lecturer. She was about to finish her M.Phil. Only two papers were left. [Link]
He had bought the knife he used and “chased her and stabbed her even as she tried to run out of the classroom” – where do you think so much violence came from?
Do you think we tend to glorify or even romanticize violence, conveying that only some kind of violence is wrong? And then who decides which kind of violence is not justified?
Can violence be seen as ‘sometimes justified’ by a young person who is under pressure?
Note: Post updated after reading mypunchingbag’s very relevant comment.