It is passion that is driving Delhiites to crime — so the Capital's police claim. According to Delhi Police records, this year, the city has seen a spurt of incidents that could well be crimes of passion.
Of the total number of murders this year, 56 per cent were unplanned, crimes of the moment triggered by some violent emotion.
Not just murders, 67 per cent of all crimes committed in the Capital this year had similar reasons.
According to the Delhi Police, most common reason for these crimes of passion was love-gone-wrong.
“Most of the crimes of passion are triggered when a person does is jilted in love. In most of the cases, the murders were not planned and happened when tempers flew over an altercation,” said a senior police officer on the condition of anonymity, as he wasn’t authorised to talk to the media.
Case in point: The ouble murder in South Delhi where a woman and her alleged lover were murdered. The cuckolded husband killed the two when he found out about the affair. The police arrested six people in the matter on July 5.
Psychologists, too, in the recent years, have seen a rise in the number of such cases. Dr. Rajat Mitra, Director of Swachetan Society for Mental Health, said: "In most of the cases, the incident is triggered by the perceived sense of rejection by the attacker. Most of these attackers feel a big deal of internal provocation which they cannot handle."
According to Delhi Police, street criminals such as snatchers and burglars are taking up crime for a reason other than money. "Most of the snatchers we have caught in the recent time, commit the crime to buy gifts for their girlfriends.
Even the 'burgle and burn' gang members also have girlfriends on whom they splurge. Our statistics confirm that it is not just money which has them get into crime," added the officer.