Why White- Collar Crimes Are Dangerous?

White-collar crime was first defined in the year 1939, by a sociologist and most influential criminologist of the 20th century, Edwin Hardin Sutherland, as “crimes committed by people who enjoy the high social status, great repute, and respectability in their occupation”. Associated with the corporate sector, white-collar crimes are defined as non-violent crimes, generally committed by businessmen and government professionals. In layman language, crimes committed by people who acquire influential positions in a company are termed white-collar crimes. India is a developing country and white-collar crimes are becoming a significant factor for its underdevelopment. The trend of white-collar crimes in India poses a threat to the economic development of the country. These crimes require prompt intervention by the government by not only making stringent laws but also ensuring their effective implementation.

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