In an attempt to prevent first time offenders from repeating their crimes, the Haryana Corporate Social
Responsibility Board will soon come up with a specially designed counseling programme, which will help
first timers realize their mistake.
According to a government official, the programme will consist of profiling individuals who are first time
offenders, focusing on characteristics like their nature, behaviour, temperament, and the nature of
crime committed by them to ensure they do not repeat their offense.
“Most of the first time offenders commit crimes due to reasons like aggressive behaviour, family or
personal issues, bad company or in a fit of rage. Statistics have shown that about 80 per cent of first
time offenders become repeat offenders,” the officials said.
Gaurav Singh, Regional Head of Haryana CSR advisory board said they are in the process of formulating
different modules for individuals based on different nature of crimes.
Citing an example, Singh said those involved in crimes like snatching, burglary and theft will be part of a
different module than first time offenders involved in crimes like fraud and cheating. He added that the
CSR board is in talks with the judiciary to make it mandatory for such individuals to undergo counseling
sessions after securing bail.
“When a first time offender gets imprisoned, the other hardened criminals tend to brainwash them and
try and make them associates. While many fall into this trap, those youngsters in the age group of 18-25
years are most likely to become repeat offenders after getting influenced,” he said.
Singh further said the counselor will listen to stories from first time offenders, their experiences and try
to understand their family background to strike a personal chord with them.
“We plan to implement this as a pilot programme in Gurugram in the beginning and if this becomes a
success, we will implement it across the state,” he said.
By: Murtuza Merchant