Sex and crime are not strange bedfellows, but of late there appears to be a spurt in offences involving both in the metro and its suburbs. Witness the recent gruesome murder of a man and a woman being killed by their respective live-in-partners — both extra-marital.
The frequency of such murders in the past 3 years point to the fact that one murder is being committed everyday either for sexual cause or due to love affair across the State.
A total of 1,806 murders were reported in 2012 in the State and sexual cause is the reason that tops the chart next only to family dispute. As many as 321 murders committed were classified under this head.
The latest in that list was the murder of a 22-year-old mother of a four-year-old by her second partner at her house which was incidentally hired by her other partner 20 days earlier. The victim, Indumathy (22), was alone when the fully drunk Suresh Babu, the second partner, visited her. He began scolding the woman for distancing from him and finding a new partner. In the course of the heated arguments, he asked for her company like before which she had reportedly refused leading to further quarrel. In a fit of rage, Suresh Babu stabbed Indumathy with a kitchen knife repeatedly in which she collapsed and died on the spot.
In another case, Suresh Kumar, (31), was killed by Regina,(35), a mother of two and the wife of the former’s friend who was working in abroad. Regina objected to Suresh Kumar living with his wife and children and insisted that he should live only with her. When Suresh was asleep Regina stamped on his throat and killed him.
Experts point out that emotional intimacy which was nurtured in that relationship drives out sanity in one’s self.
Be it a man or woman, the partner takes the drastic step of killing the other only to complicate things in the already troubled life.
P S Bhagyanathan, a counsellor working with the underprivileged people, said the way in which one was brought up plays a key-role in such offences. “The humanness in the society has been coming down as they begin to live as isolated individuals. The day to day violence they come across in mass media and its psychological effect in one’s self leads them to such a point,” he reasoned. “Even video games do not come without violence and the person who had been playing with that will have that tendency to vent out their fury when opportunity comes,” he explained.