Habitual Offender and Media
Now a day crime rates is increasing day by days in all major cities of the India especially in Punjab’s industrial city Ludhiana.
Every day there are headlines of news in crime reports of murder, dacoity with attempt to cause death or grievous hurt, robbery, incidents of chain snatching and arms act violation. It is reported that maximums crimes are repeated by habitual offenders.
The habitual offenders is one who has been a victim of subjective and objective influences and has manifested a set practice in crime , and also presents a danger to the society in which they lives. The Habitual Offenders are usually hardened criminals whose major part of life has been spent in jails.
In most of the cases the police allow to the arrested persons cover their faces so that their faces are not shown by print / visual media. Any such publicity may cause a 'doubt' in the genuineness of identification parade, if required to be carried out by police for evidence against the accused. The accused may take a defense that the identification was not natural as the witness might have identified him on the basis of his photos on TV/newspaper, etc, and not on the basis of seeing him at scene of crime. Some time the lawyers of the accused take this advantage to weaken police cases in argue that no person can be termed a criminal until pronounced so by a court.
But actually habitual offenders who are menace in the society and get benefit to cover their faces in print and electronic media during press conference as a result they hide their identification and public cannot identify to the criminal.
The criminal accused once who has been convicted in crime and after bail or release from jail they commit crime again & again so second time offenders must not be allowed to cover their faces in front of the media, published photos in media it will help public to may identify habitual offender.
To curb crime rates in the society the habitual offenders must not be allowed to cover their faces during press meeting.
On the behalf of public I request to the higher authority please take initiative to reduce crime rates in the society and do not cover the faces of criminal habitual offenders during press conference or meeting and their photos must be published so that the public may be known to habitual offenders by faces.
I would be grateful for a comprehensive response to this letter as this is a matter that greatly concerns with public safety and I hope you will discuss this issue with concerned department and raise it with the minister of home affairs. more