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Is it true that WOmen Involvment in White COllar Crime is Increased?
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Studies expose anatomy of women's crime
By - Gayatri Jayaraman
According to Pratyush Katyayan, a postgraduate researcher in criminology
with the LNJN National Institute of Criminology and Forensic Science,
and with the ministry of home affairs, the gradual increase in women's
involvement in crime was hot on the list of criminologists at the 14th
World Congress held at the University of Pennsylvania in August this
However, he warns, it is also important to understand that the face of
crime itself is now changing.
"Crimes like hoarding, adulteration, fraudulent advertisements,
infringement of patents, copyrights and trademarks and even tax evasion,
are increasingly falling under the scope of white collar crime.
Therefore, the principal motivation remains massive monetary gain."
What is the stance the courts take? "People in positions of power and
position have always used and misused their influence since times
immemorial. Whether male or a female, the greater the area of
discretionary power is available to a person the more are the chances of
misusing it. Recently, with the changes in the socio-economic structure
of society, with more women getting into positions of power, it makes
them no different when it comes white-collar crimes.
Therefore the courts are trying hard to curtail that area of discretion
in all vulnerable fields."
Deelip Mhaske, of IIT Bombay and avid criminologist, also a participant
at the conference believes it's too early in the game to focus on this
area of study.
"There are no research or studies which will show that women (white
collar) participation is incresed. The only truth is that now days
because of active media, it is coming into focus.
Freda Adler's study was based on the 1960 to 1972 US Uniform Crime
Report (UCR) arrest data, which has no relevance in today's developing
countries. I think that motives for wealthy women getting involved in
crime are the need for security in high lifestyles and force"
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