Pent-up anger triggers ghastly crimes: Expert

Madhusudhan (36), a software engineer stabbed his wife Roopa (33), a techie, over 19 times in a fit of rage on September 20 and jumped off the 13th floor of an apartment building in J P Nagar.

Published: 20th October 2013 08:18 AM  |   Last Updated: 20th October 2013 08:18 AM   |  A+A-

Madhusudhan (36), a software engineer stabbed his wife Roopa (33), a techie, over 19 times in a fit of rage on September 20 and jumped off the 13th floor of an apartment building in J P Nagar. The incident left their five-year-old daughter orphaned. Madhusudhan was said to be short-tempered and had lost his cool over a petty issue.

In another incident, one Mandaralingam (26), working in a firm at the ITPL campus, bludgeoned his roommate and colleague V Raju (26) for belittling him in front of his girlfriend on May 28. Both cases sent shockwaves in the city, as to how, well educated, well placed and able professionals could have such a bad temperament.

Dr Ananda Rao, a senior psychologist attached to the Brain Mind Clinic in Banashankari, explains that every individual needs to give vent to their frustration through talking rather than letting it build up in the mind. When you talk it over, the level of anger comes down. Otherwise, the aggression mounts up and the individual finds no other way to release it other than violent action.

He felt stress was another trigger for such incidents. Stress causes individuals to engage in destructive behaviour, he said. “All a person needs to do is to talk about their problems with other people to and prevent such situations,” he added. Kamal Pant, Additional Commissioner of Police, Law and Order, explains that being a police officer is very stressful, and that he also commits mistakes by strongly reacting to situations. “When we started our career, there used to be a lot of tension. Now, we are able to manage as we are more experienced in handling stress. Whenever there is an issue, we have a friends circle to fall back on. We open up to each other on issues,” he explains.

It is important to control oneself. If the anger is not controlled, it will surely have negative consequences, he said. “Physical activity brings down the anger levels,” Pant added. 

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