International Journal of Education and Psychological Research
(Print and Online Peer Reviewed Journal)
Authors: Vikas S. Kamble
:The Paradhi community is labeled as criminals since the British ruling period in India. Even after sixty five years of Indian independence, this community still bears the stigma of being labeled as criminals, and are forced to live in isolated and economically disadvantaged areas. The Paradhis are divided into several sub cast like Phanse-Paradhi, Gaav-Paradhi, BeradParadhi, Gaay-Paradhi, Chita-Paradhi etc. The Phanse-Paradhis have remained socially and economically deprived in comparison with the other sub-castes. The researcher has taken this fact into research consideration and contacted 40 families which are situated at waste land at the bank of River Krishna in Maharashtra state of India. These families were interviewed intimately and were asked to respond the Prolonged Deprivation Scale (PDS) and self-constructed Criminal Self Concept Scale (CSCS). Analyzed data showed the positive correlation between social deprivation and criminal self-concept. Multiple regression analysis revealed significant predictors of criminal self-concept. Hence, a conclusion is drawn that social deprivation leads to positive criminal self-concept among Phanse-Paradhi people.