The number of serious offences such as murder and attempt to murder registered have marginally increased in 2010 compared to 2009. This, the police said, is due to lack of patience and rage building inside people. In many cases, a tiff over a minor issue leads to murder or one person assaulting the other grievously, the police said.
Most offences are committed impulsively, without realising the repercussions. “The increase in population, unemployment and other factors are so common these days that people are even ready to kill someone if they are paid for it. In many cases it is also enmity or trivial issues that lead to the crime. This again is a crime which, in many cases, is committed impulsively.”
However, there is also a rise in the detection rate of these offences. While in 2009, the murder cases detected were 85%, in 2010 was 90%. In many cases, police said, it was later found out that the accused did not intend to hurt the person.
“There is so much anger inside people these days that anything can trigger a serious reaction. This can be blamed on the competitive lives we lead, and the pressure at home or at the workplace. It is this frustration that they vent on unknown persons,” said Jaywant Hargude, assistant commissioner of police (crime branch).