Spouse-killing on the rise
- From: Michael Snyder <msnyder@xxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Wed, 20 Oct 2010 06:33:23 -0700 (PDT)
BANGALORE: In 2008, when Manoj, a techie, allegedly murdered his wife
Lakshmi, also a techie, he made it appear it was a murder for gain.
Though it was a high-profile case, it was dismissed as a stray
incident. Two years down the line, police statistics reveal that
spouse killing spouse is on the rise in Bangalore.
Sample this: From January to October 2010, of the 142 murders
registered in the city, spouses were behind the murder in over 45
cases. Alarmed by the development, police commissioner Shankar Bidari
made public appeals: "If people cannot live together, get legally
separated. Don't kill each other. Police will not spare you. In such
cases, police can hardly do anything but arrest the culprits. There
are no preventive ways as conspiracy to murder takes place within the
"`By mid-October, the number of such murders has crossed 60. Though
many of them are from lower middle class, it is surfacing among the
middle class too. Desires of individuals are becoming stronger and
they do not think about consequences," says Joint Commissioner of
Police (Crime) Alok Kumar.
"Society has changed and social values have collapsed. From joint
family, we came down to nuclear family then to childless couples.
People have become too self-centric and materialistic too," he says.
It is not just husbands getting wives murdered __ women have not
lagged behind. Honey Mary, who was married for three months, was
charged of getting her husband Umesh Krishnan murdered with the help
of her old lover. Ditto with Shubha of Byappanahalli who allegedly not
only got her husband murdered by her paramour, but later got her
paramour also murdered with help from another person, say police.
"Some plan well and make it look like a murder for gain. Wherever
there is sexual jealousy, they leave a clue behind," says Alok Kumar.
The trend has alarmed psychiatrists too. "There has been a
psychological disorder of infidelity and this trend is a new social
challenge. There is no proper study conducted on the issue. But with
available information, we are analyzing the trend and it is alarming,"
says Dr A Jagadish of Abhaya Hospital.
The new economic independence of youngsters is one of the reasons.
This empowers youngsters to make impulsive decisions, breaking social
norms. Lack of parental supervision leads to such disasters. "As we
have seen, no such cases have taken place after parental interference
and supervision to counsel the children. More than 95 % of cases have
taken place where there was no scope for supervision," says Dr
"Worse, youngsters seem to be confident of wriggling out after
committing murder, even if they are caught. This problem has to be
addressed at four levels. First, at an individual level, secondly,
family level, next, society level and lastly legal level. If
youngsters are aware of the legal consequences, then they will think
twice before indulging in such acts," he says.
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