Hidden Agenda of Political Exploitation and Our Youth
- Hidden Agenda of Political Exploitation and Our Youth
"If I do not involve myself with any political party, I'll become
vulnerable from all angles. Either I have to be a party man or at
least an active supporter, otherwise local leaders who have very
strong arm cadres will bring allegation against me, police will arrest
me, there is no way I can escape. After sentenced in the jail, I have
to join the political party or the local leader anyway. This is how we
have to count on our lives!"
This is a very common scenario for adolescent boys in Bangladesh
nowadays. It is truer for the poor boys than the middle class boys.
Middle class youth becomes victims of political exploitation in the
university and sometimes in the college premises. But these adolescent
boys from the poor families who usually live in the slums or from the
lower income level, they are very easily exploited for political
purposes. They are used in political processions, making bombs,
creating violence, threatening people, and picketing during hartals,
so on and so forth. Gradually, these poor boys and youths become
interested in arm politics, because they are able to earn some money
by involving in procession and making bombs, and extorting people.
These incomes eventually become their spending for illegal drug
purchases. If police arrests them, political parties make arrangement
to release them. Derailed youth and adolescent boys sometime have
group fighting against each other, which keep boys always terrified.
Is there any affect on girls as well? The answer is very positive.
This type of political exploitation and violence indirectly affects
the girls and young women a lot. A smart amount of pocket money is
used for enjoying vulgar and sick recreation (Zatra, Blue film, Bangla
movie etc.). The social environment encourages the male counterpart to
abuse the girls. Since the guilty or convicted has never been
punished, they never fear the law and order. These derailed and
politically exploited boys have hidden power of arms and since they
are with the political parties or terrorists, they are always above
all judgments. Parents are scared of them, because some influential or
powerful people in the society always support them. Parents of these
girls don't seek justice from the leaders or police, because if
community knows that the girl is harassed or abused, it will be hard
to arrange marriage for the victimized girl, oftentimes it becomes
tougher for their younger sisters to coexist. Girls become victims of
bullying, teasing, sexual harassment and abuse while extreme victims
are the poor girls. Social degradation also affects all girls and
women irrespective of status.
While asking the issues of bullying and teasing, the adolescent boys
came up with the root causes of the malpractice. Due to inadequate
employment opportunity, adolescent boys spend idle time beside the
road; there is no playground or club for boys. Youth themselves termed
it as, "Idle brain is the field of evil work." Spoiled adults or youth
encourage the adolescent boys to follow their misdeeds. Negative
media, especially quality of Bangla movie has declined so much that
excessive degree of violence and almost close to pornography are the
main issues of spoiling these boys. For instance, there is a scene
where the villain cuts one?s chest and grabs the heart by hand and
chews it. Rape is being socialized through the movies; this is shown
as part of male chauvinism. Bangla movie stimulates boys to practice
vulgarism in real life.
Dear readers, we concentrate so much on children and adults. Have we
ever thought about these adolescents and youths? Can't we have a
united and strong position, whatever the situation and arrangement for
the adults; we would ensure a secure, positive, learning and creative
environment for our future generation? While all political parties are
talking about "Ujjol Bhobishshot Projonmo" (bright future generation),
can't we have that courage to ask my party to stop exploiting these
boys and youths? Let's think and do something before changing
Bangladesh to a total hell forever!!
[M:MS] This article is a part of the June issue of Alochona magazine.
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