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EDITORIAL: Probe female slide into criminality

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EDITORIAL: Probe female slide into criminality

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SOCIAL MEDIA has unleashed yet another aspect of its dark and ugly side with the appalling pictures of teenage girls posing with weapons this week.

We cannot speak to the mental state that would encourage such young minds to choose a weapon and with great relish masquerade with them as some sort of accessory. But included in that mental assessment must be the fearlessness of casually flaunting their most criminal action before the entire world.

It is as if they are taunting authorities to do something about it. Clearly by now they must be aware of the Royal Barbados Police Force’s strategy of monitoring the Internet for such breaches.

This week’s episode is not the first time that crimes, particularly involving young women, and showing a callous disregard for values and laws that govern our society, have been recorded for public viewing. There is a spreading harmful pastime that quietly consumes and leads to the corruption of a greater part of the population.

Young impressionable females have taken to social media to challenge the status quo, to match deeds with men and really to go counter to every effort of the women’s movement. For this, women can no longer be regarded as the weaker, fairer and innocent sex.

The University of the West Indies Cave Hill Campus boasts of having a female principal, the judiciary of more women justices than ever, and several women are heading institutions, Government departments and companies islandwide. More women graduate from tertiary institutions. Women’s groups and women’s rights activists are justly proud of the accomplishments in politics, education, finance and diplomacy.

But while that is occurring, it is being overshadowed by a sinister trend. Others are lamenting the failings in the system that may be ignoring the needs of young women and turning them towards crime.

The lack may be responsible for a state where young women are beginning to match men in the degree of their illicit conduct. The fighting, the violent robberies and the vulgar display of wrongdoing is to such an extent that law enforcement is treating women with the same approach as they do men. They are no longer exempted from body searches or accorded the courtesies that would come with presumed innocence because new evidence suggests they are not.

This development is worthy of investigation by the relevant bodies as to why young women have taken this road. Along with the gains of women’s rights must be an examination of the negatives that cause women to deliberately seek out the bad.