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Parents hiring sleuths to track kids

Even as new generation parents are perceived as “open minded” and relatively more friendly with their children than the older generation parents,the levels of concern among the former seem to be greater.

Written by Sanjna Sudan | Chandigarh | August 5, 2012 3:11:12 am

Even as new generation parents are perceived as “open minded” and relatively more friendly with their children than the older generation parents,the levels of concern among the former seem to be greater. In fact,the level of suspicion among parents has gone so high that many of them have started hiring private detectives to keep a tab on their children’s lifestyle.

Speaking to Newsline,Gautum Giri,who heads agency Sharp Detectives in Sector 34,Chandigarh,noted that the fear of indulgence in bad company,drug addiction and intoxication by children are the common concerns of parents. “Parents are usually suspicious that their children may be in bad company,or want to know about the girl friend or boy friend they have,drug or alcohol abuse” said N K Bhatnagar,chandigarh circle manager of Greves Protection,a Delhi-based agency.

Sharing an instance while citing the concerns among parents,Giri said,“A parent recently told us that his son has been buying a number of expensive items like two-wheelers,expensive clothes and lavishly spending money on friends,on his own. The source of this money was totally unknown to the parent.”

He added,“As the parents approached us,we found out that the boy was being misguided by a Delhi based drug peddler for supplying drugs among college-going children. This being every parent’s fear,we supplied the required proof also. The parents in turn approached the police who took up the matter very seriously and stopped his activities forth with. The boy was later admitted to a rehabilitation centre”.

Vijay Singh Bharadwaj,a certified international investigator and owner of Brownsheild Detectives Group in Sector 43,Chandigarh,said,“We have recently seen a rise in parents from neighbouring State,hiring detectives to snoop on their daughters whom they have sent to study in the UT. Most of the cases we get these days are related to girls who live as paying guests in the city and study at PU”

On the other hand,one of the parents disclosed that detective agencies are being hired to keep a check on their children. “We had hired a private detective recently,to check on our daughter whom we had sent to Chandigarh to study. Once her college got over we wanted her to marry. But we were surprised at her strong aversion to the institution. She started behaving rudely,” said Samarth Singh (name changed) a businessman from Bathinda.

As Singh hired a private detective he learnt his daughter was having an affair with a boy five years younger to her. Living as a paying guest in Chandigarh,she had started giving tuitions to school going children,where she met him. “We were shocked when we got to know this. She wanted to marry him. However,the agency people counselled her and we’ve got her home” said Singh.

These agencies take up the case by charging a fee ranging between Rs. 10,000 and Rs 50,000 on an average. Private investigators also noted that it’s the college going kids who give their parents a miserable time.

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