Here in Mauritius, over the weekend and on Monday, three sexual attacks have been made on elderly women. In the latest attack an 80-year-old woman has died after being raped and beaten by a 25-year-old man. This young man was caught and apparently is an habitual offender who was wanted by the police. The other incidents involved the rape of 69 and 70-year-old women.
These reprehensible and cowardly attacks on the weaker members of our society are surely the acts of perverts. The dictionary tells us that perversion is abnormal human behaviour, that which deviates from what society understands as normal. Psychologists and psychiatrists would probably use the term paraphilia which refers to a wide-range of sexual deviance.
Whatever way you view this it remains an alarming trend. Quite rightly the public is adding these criminal acts to the already growing list of insecurity fears. It is also a reflection of the negative aspects of the modern society. Human values are discarded for the sake of freedom to do as one pleases. Some act as though they have immunity from law. Others are just mentally ill and have no self-control. Some young people are growing up being fed violence and perversion in the home. In these cases, whatever values are being taught in school is wasted. Moreover, they will probably re-enact the same violence.
We have growing violence here and it is not just a reflection of a failing policing policy. First and foremost it concerns the family unit and the lack of parental love, care and education. Social security, social workers and police could write volumes about what they witness in families. I do not believe that we can continually blame poverty or the lack of education on this situation. Most humans have an inkling of what is right or wrong. However, destroying the humanity in a child is shaping a violent monster for the future. Filth that affects children comes in the form of neglect, pornography, incest and general violence. This is what is breeding the street monsters that roam our streets.