It is been always a topic of discussion, whether crime shows like Crime Patrol, Savadhan India, CID, Gumrah, Red Code are making us more vigilant by exposing society’s underbelly or educating criminals about new methods of committing untraceable crimes?
Despite, these kinds of shows does have good subscribers, millions of (YouTube) views on every single episode, still there is a section of society who is in favor of censoring these show. However, the latest trends about the popularity of such shows are advocating a completely different scenario.
TRP (television rating point) graphs have a different story to tell. It seems like we now love to feel unnerved and terrorized, don’t we?
We are so much into these homicide things that for a few of us good news is no news. I personally feel so hooked to these shows, though most of the people are strictly against these.
To those, crime shows and human psychology are inter-related. “Why people are so interested in understanding the criminal’s psychology behind his crime,” they always wonder.
The cases are being transferred from one department to another, benefit of doubt given to a criminal in the lack of inefficient evidences against him, deprived has to wait for decades before justice being served to him, never ending legal fights, stress a victim live under, defamation and humiliation faced by the victim and his/her family; actually making people not to trust the legal system and encouraging wrongdoers about committing more crimes.
Unfortunately, to sum up the reconstructed stories, these shows are left with no other option than highlighting the loopholes in our judiciary system, unraveling the tricks like cell phone location tracking, IMEI tracking, Toll Plaza CCTVs, informers used by the investigation teams. No offense but these are nothing but audio/visual training lessons for the criminals only.
On the other side, there is a group who is in the favor of these dramatized portrayals of real life cases based on sensational crimes. To them, these shows are doing a good job by educating people about new methods of crime generally adopted by offenders.
No better way to learn the importance of our identity documents like phone bills, PAN numbers, address proofs, and bank guarantees other than these shows. Without any shadows of the doubt, a little negligence of yours can put you under legal suspicions.
Through these shows, you can train yourself about how not to involve in any legal troubles. Should you take these serials are a guide to criminal psychology, you can improve your intuitions about all fishy things.
To me, the core idea behind these shows is to make the audience alert about crime around and not to guide criminal about how to do a perfect crime.
It is not about letting criminals know the police functioning and tricks (the one they show are not the real ones).