A quarrelsome, evidently frustrated bully by day and a volatile brute enslaved by a fetish for drunken sexual gratification and innate misogyny by night.
The Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde trapped inside 33-year-old Ram Singh's average frame, officers interrogating him said, seem to supplement instead of balancing each other out.
He is known as 'Mental' to residents of each home located along the serpentine bylanes of RK Puram's Ravi Das Camp slum cluster. Singh exhibits absolutely no remorse or guilt for his demonic treatment he meted out to the 23-year-old physiotherapist last Sunday, sources said.
In fact, Singh was ferrying impressionable school children for a living on the basis of a driver's licence fraudulently obtained from Rajasthan. Not to mention his deformed arms because of an accident at Andheria More in 2009, and mental make up. Singh has confessed to having physically assaulted even his mother during a bitter quarrel two months ago.
This, police said, prompted his father to leave the city for his ancestral village in Rajasthan and made his family of seven fall apart. Two of Singh's brothers moved away and another decided to stay back in the colony but severed ties with him.
"In 2009, Singh had eloped with a married woman from his locality. Whenever his mother would pull him up for it, he would listen without interest during the day before returning heavily drunk. He would wake her up in the middle of the night and quarrel with her,” an officer said, quoting what Singh told police during questioning.
A neighbour, 34-year-old Shanu, concurred, "Their house used to ring with cuss words every single night. One night, however, he crossed all limits when he pulled his mother by her hair and threw her out of the house. No one looked him in the eye after that."
The apparent streak of violence that seemingly characterised him elicited two strict instructions from his neighbours both for women and children staying in the locality. One was not to look him in the face or react whenever he passed a lewd comment. And the other to stay clear of him and his house after dark.
An officer said while the other arrested accused often break down but Singh doesn't even bat an eyelid.
"Such brutality isn't natural or even possible for a first-time offender,” the officer added.