Tipu Shaikh, an 18-year-old youth who was arrested last year for assaulting students from the northeastern states, is trying hard to forget the gory past and is now committed to being a law-abiding citizen of the country.
This transformation of heart took place yesterday at the personality development workshop organised by motivational speaker and a president of Raabta Organisation Saeed Ahmed.
“Out of the 40 people who have enrolled with us from Kondhwa, seven are first time offenders. They were arrested for attacking students from the northeastern states,” Ahmed said, adding that it was PI of Kondhwa police station Prasad Hasabnis who suggested that he include them in his workshop. “Hasabnis told me that 14 people were arrested for attacking students and circulating an MMS clip allegedly showed violence against Muslims in Burma. He suggested that I should guide them in becoming better human beings through the personality development programme,” said Ahmed.
He added that the organisation’s volunteers made a list of such youths and contacted their families. “Initially their parents were reluctant. However, when we made them understand that their children were victims of circumstances, and were in company of wrong the people and required grooming to become law abiding citizen, they agreed,” said Ahmed.
According to Hasabnis, the arrested youngsters were repenting for their deed and had told him that if given an opportunity, they would like to correct their mistake. “Out of 14 youths, only seven attended the first day of the programme. These seven people can be a source of inspiration for others,” said Hasabnis.
Speaking to MiD DAY, Tipu Shaikh said, “After attending the progamme, I feel that my life too can change and I can become a good human being.”
Mateen Pathan, a Std X drop out, who works in fabrication firm and was also arrested for the same offence, feels that the year-long programme will transform his life for good and will help him become a responsible citizen.