"There was once when I came home late,
covered with bruises after having
gotten into a fight. I lied to my dad
saying I was just playing with friends.
My dad took a spoon, heated it over
the stove and placed it on my thigh."

As a teenager, Narish was always getting into fights.
As a result of his mischief, he would often be subject
to various forms of punishment at home, most of them
physical. This incident alongside other similar episodes
of physical punishment led Narish to avoid home.

The time away from home was spent with his friends,
and he subsequently hung out with the wrong company.
He started being more aggressive with his friends,
pushing those who were genuinely concerned for his
wellbeing, away. Getting into more fights, taking part
in gang related activities naturally followed.
He was then placed into a Guidance Programme
when he stabbed someone after a staring incident
between the two. Narish did not succeed in the
Guidance Programme, leading him to delve into
substance abuse – an act that saw him arrested
and placed on probation in the Singapore Boys’ Hostel.

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As a teenager, Narish was always getting into fights. As a result of his mischief, he would often be subject to various forms of punishment at home, most of them physical. Narish recalls, “There was once when I came home late, covered with bruises after having gotten into a fight, I lied to my dad saying I was just playing with my friends. My dad took a spoon, heated it over the stove, and placed it on my thigh.” This incident alongside other similar episodes of physical punishment led Narish to avoid home.

The time away from home was spent with his friends, and he subsequently hung out with the wrong company. He started being more aggressive with his friends, pushing those who were genuinely concerned for his well-being, away. Getting into more fights, taking part in gang-related activities naturally followed. He was then placed into a Guidance Programme when he stabbed someone after a staring incident between the two. Narish did not succeed in the Guidance Programme, leading him to delve into substance abuse – an act that saw him arrested and placed on probation in the Singapore Boys’ Hostel.

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