“There are plenty of ways to die, but only love can kill and keep you alive to feel it”– LEO CHRISTOPHER
Well for what it seems like, love can literally take your life away. We are living in a time when things escalate pretty quickly, and that too on tiny matters. Incidents of how a jilted lover took his or her revenge on innocent victims are almost everyday occurrences.
Various reports and data, both independent and governmental depict the severity of the brutal and heinous cases that takes place almost on a daily basis. However, the number of crimes that fail to make it to any judicial records or even to the public eye is often very immense.
Love As The Dominating Reason For Committing Murder
Recently, the NCRB (National Crime Records Bureau) asserted that love affairs were one of the biggest reasons that provoke murders that happened in the year 2001 and 2017.
As per the data, love relationships came out to be one of the dominating reasons especially in Punjab, Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh, and Maharashtra. This was followed by Delhi Karnataka and Tamil Nadu.
Reacting to this recent data, one of the senior police officials said, a seriously large number of murders take place due to extra-marital affairs and love triangles.
Betrayal in love was the second-most common murder motive. Between 2001 and 2013, Andhra Pradesh (4,901 murders), Uttar Pradesh (4,200) and Bihar (3,982) formed the top three states in this category.
While the number declined in other crime motives, it hiked up in love
In the year 2001, The NCRB registered more than 36,202 cases of murders. However, the number suddenly declined to 28,653 in 2017, which resulted in around 21 percent drop. The years spanning from 2001 to 2017, saw an about 4.3 percent decline in murder cases provoked by personal enmity. The number of murder cases over property disputes, on the other hand, came down by an astonishing 12 percent.
The contrast came when the number hiked up by 28 percent when it came to love affairs and extramarital affairs. This can easily allude to the growing intolerance in the nation. Jilted lovers creating unrealistic scenarios in the minds which leads to their heartbreaks. This further instigates them to take up the barbarous path of committing crimes to the ones they swore they loved.
In 2016, almost 71 people became victims of honor killings. This figure increased to 92 in 2017. According to Pratiksha Bakshi, an associate professor at JNU’s Centre for the Study of Law and Governance, “There are sociological and political reasons for this violence such as policing of caste, class, and religion to prevent individuals from choosing their partners under the sign of nation and community.“
In Kerala and West Bengal, even love is one of the main motives behind murders. The figures in these two states are still far less as compared to other states of the country.
Not so surprisingly, Uttar Pradesh has topped the list for having the highest number of murders over love affairs.
As many as 395 people were murdered annually in UP over love disputes, the highest in the country. In the majority of the states, love is the third or fourth biggest aim for committing murder. These states include Jharkhand, Haryana, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Odisha, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, and Assam.
In a world where brutal crimes are committed by family members and lovers, one wonders whom to trust and believe.