It is a sign of the times – in India the new crimes are car jacking and stealing cell phones, according to this report in The Times of India.
Dilli ka thug is now young, educated and prefers carjacking and cellphone-snatching as his crime. While a total of 50 cellphone-snatching cases were reported during the whole of 2003, as many as 32 cases have already occurred this year.In the case of carjacking, Year 2003’s figure of 35 is under threat from the 14 cases reported till April 15, 2004. What’s more, police officials reason that the actual figures could be much higher than those in official records as there is always a tendency to avoid registering cases against youngsters. “If a youngster is involved, a report is registered only if the offender has committed a serious misdemeanour or is a branded criminal,” says a police official.
I am not sure about what other things, but to me it is the by product of rampant consumerism being promoted by the media.