Now, before mentioning the impact of Socio-Economic Offenses on the social
structure of society we need to understand the meaning of the two terms
individually. Socio-Economic Offenses can be defined as offenses that drain the
society's wealth and affects the people at large, as in these offenses the
victim is not chosen. On the other hand, the distinctive, stable arrangement
of structures through which human beings in a community communicate and exist
together is referred to as social structure. It is frequently discussed in
conjunction with the idea of social change, which deals with the factors that
alter the social structure and organization of society.
These offenses are now committed with the intent of gaining an undue financial
gain for the perpetrator, causing a loss to society as a whole, and impacting
its social and economic structure. Furthermore, psychiatric illnesses in which
an individual's anti-social and narcissistic behavior is the root cause of such
crimes. Several factors can contribute to such behavior, including severe
destitution, pressure from criminal organizations or groups, and, finally,
discrimination. The evolution and present condition of these offenses are now
the result of shifting societal structures or the elements of societal
Further, while we discuss the effect of these offenses upon the social structure
is always direct as the loss, incurred is always in proportion to the time our
society has been pushed back. It is wrong to say that socio-economic offenses
are only a part of developing nations but the fact that can't be denied is that
developing nations are easy predators of these offenses which ultimately pushes
back our society to be in a stagnant position not only economically but also
socially. As the gap between the classes of society doesn't subsidize instead it
becomes more widened and deep-rooted.
In reference to this, it has to be noted that with changing times and changing
complexities of society and technology these offenses also change and have
become more grievous in nature. These complexities and technological
advancements have made it even more difficult to administer such offenses and
control them. As the ambit and accessibility of resources are widening at such a
speed that, monitoring of all the resources has now become a tedious job for the
authorities, making the process of knowing who the real culprit is more
The above reasoning is also valid when it is said that how in Socio-Economic
Offenses the component of Mens Rea (Guilty Mind) is not an essential criterion
because the act itself is so grave that the society is already at sufferance and
has been economically drained. In such cases, merely the commission of an act
amounts to punishment. Adding to this even the nature of these crimes is
non-violent as they are deep-rooted which makes them more complex and
sophisticated. Therefore, these offenses are more complicated and webbed and an
individual may not even realize that the other person is a criminal.
Henceforth, it can be drawn upon that how the socio-economic offenses exploit
the public resources are exploited due to which public trust is affected and
compromised, which will impact the society socially and economically. Due to the
advent of these offenses what we don't realize is that our society goes through
rapid social changes which will have a negative impact on its development and
will be a hindrance on the road to growth.
As a developing nation, it should be our primary duty to restrict the ambit of
knowledge accessible, and we do have to manage to get one step ahead of the
offender and restrict his actions. As if the socio-economic offenses are not
controlled or regulated these would be poisonous to our society and would make
it shallow and empty with no growth and the zeal to develop due to which the
gaps of the society would widen and would become more evident and prominent.
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Offenses 03-04 (1st ed. 2018).
- Supra note 3.
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