Ever been robbed?

Why steal? Photo: K. Gopinathan

Why steal? Photo: K. Gopinathan   | Photo Credit: K_Gopinathan

What’s on their mind?

It was quarter to ten and I was reconnecting with my pillow, hesitant to wake up; my exams were over, after all! I could barely hear my mom yelling at something, having no interest to know what was happening I decided to hit the bed. Just as I started dreaming of a smart phone from my dad, my dream was shattered by my mom shaking me like a mango tree!

I woke up to see a petrified look on her face. Someone (a thief obviously!) had made an entry through the back door of the house. I threw myself out of the bed to take a look and was shocked indeed! Luckily a grill under the skylight had prevented him from entering.

Though a few metal bars of the grill were cut open, the others were left untouched (may be he would have got so tired and wound up!). I caught myself thinking of how it would be to rob or get robbed? How heartbreaking would it be to lose all the possessions in a theft? Then I thought of the robbers— what would have led them to do such things? I do know that poverty is one main reason, but why don't they understand that there are umpteen ways to make money?

Don't we see a number of visually and physically challenged people in trains and subways selling low priced articles with self esteem? The amount of money which we earn doesn't matter, what matters is how we earn it. But I am quite sure about one thing, when a person is given good parental care and guidance during childhood, the person would not take the wrong path, irrespective of the circumstances in which he/she lives.

Lourde Sharon. R, First year IT, DMI College of Engineering.

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