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Increase in rate of violence alarms education specialists Iman Al-Beyali Al-Seyassah Staff

KUWAIT CITY, May 3: Corresponding to the national plan launched by Ministry of Youth and Sports to combat communal violence which has become the daily bread on Kuwaitis’ table, several legal and educational specialists have warned against transforming the country from a safe place where the values of compassion prevail amid respect for law to a jungle where the fittest survives at the expense of the weak, with almost a complete absence of prestige and customs. Statistics and legal report show a growing rate of violence in the country by 25 percent and cases of premeditated murder by servants inside homes has shot up by 15 percent since the beginning of 2013 until last March.

Report indicated an alarming increase in violence among the students in schools which has risen by 11 percent, while cases of assault and abuse among spouses or with children has increased by 40 percent, indicating some of the cases nearly resulted in loss of life — not to mention the crimes committed inside commercial complexes that have caused bloodshed, noting such cases have risen by almost 20 percent. The Ministry of Youth explained the plan aims to preserve and protect the community from negative phenomena, and to promote positive and practical preventive measures.

In the meantime, social workers and legal experts have stressed the need for concerted efforts of the government and private institutes to address violence to protect the community against its manifestations in various ways, indicating the importance of activating the role of mosques and clerics to promote values, ideals and morals, besides the pivotal role family plays in society which is considered the cornerstone of upbringing.

They called upon the media to intensify efforts to promote awareness on the importance of the plan. In this context, Lawyer Bashayer Al- Habib quoting Al-Seyassah daily said the issue of domestic violence is most prominent and prevalent in the community, followed by quarrel among the youth that leads to deaths inside shopping malls, aside from violence among students intended for bullying to demonstrate power. For his part, Assistant Undersecretary at the Ministry of Youth Dr Fawaz Al- Husaidan said the murder of youths of Arab origin makes them more vulnerable to negative phenomena such as religious extremism, violence, and drug abuse. Meanwhile, educational expert Mouza Al-Janaei was optimistic about the plan, noting the society recognizing the existence of the problem is the first step to resolving it.

He noted the Kuwaiti families have begun to abandon their guidance responsibility, and the recent development necessitates training and awareness courses on ways to take care of the children and not to underestimate any of their aggressive behavior, no matter how small. Professor of sociology at the University of Kuwait, head of Al-Jazeera Centre for Studies Dr Yaqoub Al-Kandari lamented the cases of killings, beating, and assault of all kinds happening in the community day after day. He said that all recorded cases constitute only a fraction of the truth, and the Kuwaiti society strives to conceal them on the pretext of protecting the image of Kuwait. Al-Kandari pointed out that social relations and mediation play a major role in concealing the many incidents of violence before they even arrive at the competent authorities.

Also, Muslim Cleric Saleh Al-Ghanam attributed the prevalence of violence in our society to lack of commitment to applying Islamic law and the tenets of tolerance which the religion promotes. Al-Ghanam called for strict deterrent measures against the reckless youth, in an attempt to reduce the level of crime in the country. He regretted the attitude of some influential lawmakers who come forward to intervene or defend reckless youths when they are caught in the clutches of law.

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