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Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Assulted and left him brain damaged.

Reports of a 69 years old hawker assulted by a 53 years old man was sentenced to a two and the half years imprisionment. Mr AH, independent and a swinging bachelor, was seen beaten up by a Mr IM, a bouncer, at a hawker center. Reports that Mr IM suspected Mr AH of bullying his nephew, a fellow hawker.

Many stood around to look at the spectcle but few stopped the fight. Those who tried to stop were knocked down like pinballs.

Scenes of Mr AH being punched and kicked along the corridors to the exit of Bedok Interchange hawker centre. Fighting was never cease as it lead on to the driveway and leading to the carpark. Mr IM did not cease his punches and blows till the custom officers arrived and took him down by force.

Mr AH was left semi - conscious and was rushed to the hospital where he stayed for nearly 3 months. Though he is now discharged. Mr AH is wheelchair bound. Family members took care of him and even his sister had quit her job to take care of him. His brother in law had to take up more jobs in order to place food on the table for the family.

For the rest of his life, Mr AH will be a financial Liability to his family.

With reference to this article, Is this sentence too light ? What are your views?

Is the sentence too light? This question is not up to me to decide but the judge who sentence the perpetraitor. However if a stand has to be made, i would say that the sentence MR IM gets for his act would be way too light.

Defending Lawyer of Mr IM mentioned that he reacted at the "spur of the moment" and did not know what he was doing. However i beg to differ as if one is able to inflict such a pain and injury to someone at the spur of the moment, would be an anger that is kept within one for a period of time?
Taking a step back and thinking of ourseleves. Are we at times like Mr IM ? Reacting on our emotions and shutting our minds to think?

What really causes us to be so angry? Research has shown that anger is casued by 2 possibilities. 1) Frustration : Not getting what we want, especially if we were expecting to get it
2) Feeling that others do not respect us or care how we feel.

Why are people now a days more violent and angry ?
There are many causes that leads people to be more violent and angry nowadays. One can never be able to pinpoint what exactly leads to the cause of anger.

Personal or financial problems could be one of the causes. With the recent happenings in our society, the downfall of the Limon Brothers and many financial Institutions, parents or adults would find it hard to keep their job and frustration built up would lead to violence being potrayed in other ways.

Unsettling memories from the past could be triggers to one being angry. For example, children coming from broken families or families with parents being abusive would leave a scar imprinted in the minds of their young. Children being abandon by their biological parents would also lead to one being angry with their past. Even unhappy childhoods would also lead to anger being built inside of oneself
Media on the other hand plays an important role. At times it fails to bring out the true meaning of life but in turn potrays that anger is the best medicine to cure problems.
With our youths being so IT savvy, many of the information is being abstracted out of the internet. It's an ocean out there and not all sources are reliable and true. Many of the information on the Internet shows that one can take out on someone if they are angry and they would be perfectly fine. Games played like the Grand Theft Auto and Counter Strike, also shows how violence can be at times cool. Especially when no adults is there to guide these young innocent minds.
Friends influences on one also leads to one being violent or angry at different degree. If a Guy is out alone, and someone knocked into him, he would not show as much anger as compared to when he is out with his girlfriend and the girlfriend was being knocked. The degree to which he would show is masculinity would differ.

How and what can we stop such act ?
As the Information and Communication Technology is on the rise, People should use this as a form of communication to many youngs and educate them of the neccessity of being restrainted.
Family can play a part by education their children from young to have self control over their emotions. more time should be spent knowing what their children think as they face different stages in their lives so as to keep up with them and to be a guide for them to follow.
Values are to be brought about to these youngs through the school as the students now a days spend almost 12 hours in school and the best place that one can learn from , apart from home, is none other then their school. Having values in school is not just for everyone to see or for keeping the school in order, but to instill into these young lives that the importance of not being violent.

In view of this above case, people should learn self control and think before one act.
Are you ready to bear the consequences of your actions ?
Having yourself lend up in such a situation because you are just standing up for someone,
Is the source in which you are getting this information from reliable?
What happened to him?
Where did he see such an act?
Did you see it with your own eyes?
Do you have any prove?
Is violence only the best way to resolve the problem?
Lastly do always remember to :
Think before you ACT! Be Wise!
Our Thoughts causes our anger, Expectation determines Frustration.

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