Exploring the Causes of Juvenile Delinquency: Qualitative Perspective


1Noor Muhammad, 2Dr. Hina Fazil, 3Dr. Muhammad Nadeem Iqbal


Juvenile delinquency is burning issue round the globe. The study was conducted to find out the causes of juvenile delinquency. District Jail Okara, Punjab, Pakistan was the universe of the research. Qualitative research method with convenient sampling technique was used to complete the research. Overall, 25 male inmates of juvenile ward of District Jail Okara were taken as research subjects. Self-developed semi-structured interview was developed and used. Reliability of the tool was calculated.

Nature of delinquency was discussed in three perspectives; age-wise, qualification-wise and nature of crime-wise. Majority of juveniles who committed delinquency were at the age of 17 years. Majority of illiterate juvenile delinquents committed high ratio of crime. The literate juveniles were mostly committed crimes like theft and unnatural intercourse.