Over the last few years, Madhya Pradesh has witnessed a series of brutal killings caused by unrequited love.
Psychiatrists attribute the spurt in such crimes to the emotional inability of youngsters to negotiate a refusal. They say at its core the issue is less about love and more about parenting.
The “jilted lover syndrome” came to light recently in Obaidullahganj double murder case, where a spurned lover allegedly brutally murdered a 20-year-old woman and her 47-year-old mother.
The accused was allegedly upset after his lover started ignoring him after an several years relationship.
Similar cases are peppered all over the years. On May 9, 2014, a 26-year-old doctor Jayshree Namdeo was shot dead by her cousin Anurag Namdeo, 30, on the day of her wedding in front of hundreds of guests. Anurag was allegedly in one-sided love with Jayshree and was enraged after her marriage was fixed with another man.
On July 22, 2013, another 26-year-old died after she was attacked with acid attack by her jilted lover in Morena.
Those involved in such crimes were emotionally too ill-equipped to negotiate refusal which indicates poor parenting, say psychologists.
“Parents need to clearly define the dos and don’ts to their children while grooming them. Apart from maintaining transparent communication, they should not also pamper them to such an extent that they become egoistic and fail to accept no for an answer,” psychologist Dr Anita Puri Singh told HT.
Immediate gratification of demands makes youngster lose patience and eventually they resort to actions that could be self-destructive or even cause harm to others, she added.
Police too believe that parents need to increase communication with their children and also keep an eye on their peers.
Superintendent of police Arvind Saxena advised parents to take police help in case they notice anyone behaving suspiciously towards their child.