Ever since I started university, the most oft asked question that I have been through was about why I took up Criminology as my subject. Everyone wanted and needed to know why I got myself into this sort of a subject. Therefore, over the course of time, I had devised a variety of interesting answers depending on the asker and the frame of mind of the asker. For example, my I-know-it-all-aunty from next door discerns how much of a prospect this subject holds in the Western world while my friends believe my fandom for Sherlock Holmes has brought me this far. There were numerous relatives and well-wishers of mine from every corner of the world whom I had a hard time convincing the financial, social, economic and psychological prospect of this course of study. And trust me, this was not easy. Because when we keep on justifying our choices, there comes a time when we begin to question our own judgments
However, I am not writing about the top ten difficulties of a freshman at university here, rather about this really shallow and definite outlook that our society has formed over the time. I don’t believe I would have to go through this weary explanatory experience if I had pursued a customary science or business subject. Because let’s face it, almost every parent wants their child to be either a doctor, an engineer or a successful business tycoon. Very few parents would be there who would like their children to be a politician, a police officer, an investigation officer or a criminologist. But the career prospect in that sector is the least of the concerns. When most people found out about my career choice, the most recurrent question was whether I’m aware that I’m going to be working with criminals. It is the idea itself that deters people from accepting this subject as a potential option.
People simply don’t approve the idea of working with criminals or criminal behavior. And most people are just not willing to deviate for mainstream career choices and think beyond the temporary monetary or societal value.
But here’s a thing. We all are more or less acquainted with Newton’s first law of motion or “the law of inertia”. The law dictates, “An object at rest will remain at rest unless acted on by an unbalanced force. An object in motion continues in motion with the same speed and in the same direction unless acted upon by an unbalanced force.”
The point trying to be made is that we all desire to get rid of criminals and demand a country that is free from corruption and criminality. We all wish to move beyond this chapter of violence and witness a change; a positive change. However, none of us is willing to participate and be one among the many elements of this change. We are not ready to put forth that unbalanced force that would cause the object to rest or to move. But without that unbalanced outer force, how is that object ever going to move?
So am I saying that studying Criminology or being a Criminologist is the solution to all of our problems? No, neither I am advertising the prospect of this subject, nor I’m referring it to be the ultimate solution. All I’m trying is to bring in the consideration that like we need doctors to treat patients, we need criminologists as well to treat criminals. Every field requires its own set of specialists lest they are left in inapt and amateur hands. Because let’s face it, today we are coming across deviant and criminal behaviors that defy all rationales and justifications. How does a sane human mind explain the murder of a child in the hands of its own mother? What punishment can ever be befitting to the brutal torture towards an 8 years old? What counter strategy can we ever adopt to annihilate a faction who are set out to establish Islam at the heart of this world by killing thousands of innocent?
These are not just mere questions, but life questions. It depends on these questions whether or not this place called earth is going to be habitable within the next few decades. It depends on these questions whether or not we can attach hope to this seemingly mundane setting of our life. It depends on these questions whether we as humans, the most amazing creation of God, can put forth that force in bringing a change.