It seems Omani youth are getting naughtier, and no surprise, mainly boys.
I'd still like to see one of the papers start a half decent court report.
No mention of course of the group fight & stabbing that took place in a local night club a couple of weeks ago, and that resulted in the subsequent death of some Omani youth.[Actually, later turns out stabbing was in Shatti, not in the nightclub. oops. As I had to tell the staff 'The floggings will continue until moral improves' UD] Its now a regular occurance in many of the pubs that groups of Omani lads fuelled by heineken and vodka red-bulls will find something to start a fight about.
I still insist the immature behaviour of most Omani late teenagers/20s is due in large part to a simple lack of sex combined with unemployment. Because it's so expensive to get married these days (~5000 rials dowry + ceremony etc), and the girls also want a guy with a decent job, most Omani boys have no real hope of marrying until their late 20s or early 30s.
And when you've been flushed with testosterone from the age of ~13, that's a long time to wait. Meanwhile you can drive a lowered VW Golf pimped up with pieces of Chinese plastic really fast, cruise Shatti, stare at the expat women, watch downloaded or blackmarket porn, and defend your manhood in the bars.
1,115 crimes by juveniles in 2007
By Khalid Al Amri
Muscat: The number of juveniles who committed crimes in the Sultanate in 2007 amounted to 1,115 compared to 1,059 in 2006, said HE Hussein Bin Ali Al Hilali, Prosecutor-General in a special statement to Oman Tribune.
“The growth in the number of juvenile crimes does not necessarily mean a growth in the trend as it may reflect alertness by the officers in tracing those involved in such crimes. The general prosecution investigated 23,701 cases in 2006 including 1,059 compared to 24,285 in 2007 including 1,115 by juveniles,” he added.
As for the major crimes by juveniles, Al Hilali pointed out that they include simple harm 225 incidents and 215 of them were committed by boys and 10 by girls. The number of theft crimes in 2007 amounted to 240 including 211 by boys and 29 by girls.