30 September, 2020

Peepin' Moms

Edgy parents are increasingly hiring sleuths to track their kids' drug, sex and love life

illustration by Jayachandran
Peepin' Moms
Eating disorders and depression. Alcohol, drugs and firsthand lessons in sex. Asphyxiating peer pressure and the exhausting chase after teasing lifestyles. Across the board in the India that has globally "arrived", life for teenagers and young adults sometimes seems to be springing up more snakes than ladders. To cope, while many of them perfect the rift within, living double lives, dealing alone and together with so much more than just angst and heady hormones, their parents are battling to penetrate their opaque bulwark of resistance. Whether clueless, ill-equipped or just plain running out of arsenal to deal with what's unleashed on them, they're now hiring private sleuths to keep track of their kids. As Vikram Singh, MD, Lancers Detective Agency, Delhi, tells you, "The words frequently resonating in my office are 'what's going on with my child'?"

Vikram Singh says most already have some inkling but come to private eyes like him seeking evidence to confront kids with, anything to crack the pattern of emphatic denials and futile showdowns. Sachit Kumar, executive director,...


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