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Crime Rates in India: Role of Morality and Moral Reasoning

Author Affiliations

  • 1Dept of Psychology, Bharathiar University, Coimbatore, Tamilnadu, INDIA

Int. Res. J. Social Sci., Volume 3, Issue (1), Pages 45-50, January,14 (2014)


Morality is the key psycho-philosophical faculty of the human mind that enables an individual to take right moral decisions and thus exhibit a moral behaviour. Moral behaviour is the act that is valued by an observer as right or good which effectively results in a common good. The concept of morality and moral behaviour has been pondered upon by various philosophers and psychologists and there are numerous views and theories on the nature of morality. However a moral action is said to be so in terms of its reference with its desirability in the society or to the significant other. Various researchers have found that there is an inverse relation between criminality and morality. Accordingly the rate of increase of criminality in the world population is a direct indicator of the decline of morality. In the Indian context too the alarming increase of the crime rates and incidents of harm towards individuals signals to the fact that moral orientation in the Indian population is facing a notable shift that needs to be viewed seriously. The present study in its co-relational review form delineates the crime rates in India in the context of Morality.


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