The average Delhiite is a tinderbox waiting to explode. As if the recent spate in passion-driven crimes, most of which were executed by armed, grudging men almost on a daily basis after mid-August, wasn't proof enough to support this argument, now there are statistics.
Almost every second call, or close to 46% of the total calls that the Delhi Police Control Room (DPCR) attended out of more than a lakh made in the last 20 days, was to report a 'quarrel', figures reveal.
"Around 1,12,187 distress calls were received by the PCR from August 21 to September 10. As many as 51,572, which is 45.96% of the total calls made, of these were to intimate the police about quarrels that had erupted at various parts of the capital," said a senior police officer.
Usually, the DPCR receives more than 22,000 distress calls on a daily basis. On August 31, a female Delhi Police constable alleged that she was manhandled and verbally abused by a man while investigating a road accident reported from south Delhi's Amar Colony.
Similarly, a confrontation between a scooterist and police was merely an argument before snowballing into a full-scale riot in east Delhi's Khoda village on September 2.
Two days later, a property dealer's argument with a jeweller over parking had culminated in murder at south Delhi's Kalkaji market.
On September 13, a 27-year-old beautician from Dakshinpuri begged the local police to save him from his wife after he was assaulted by her brothers for quarrelling with her too often.
Just a week later, on September 22, a heated argument became a fatal scuffle when the residents of a locality in south Delhi's Ambedkar Nagar reprimanded a group of local goons for ogling at the women of their house.
"A majority of distress calls being made to the DPCR are pertaining to violence triggered at the drop of a hat or in the process of execution of a heinous crime," admitted an officer.
"As many as 117 calls about incidents of road rage, 282 calls of stabbing, 369 calls of domestic violence and 1331 calls of snatching were received during the same time period."
Interestingly, the second category of the 'most received' calls is classified in the 'other' section which pertains to everything from calls about dangling electric wires to 'eunuch problems'.
"Since '100' is the most preferred emergency response number, we dealt with a total number of 27,302 calls seeking assistance in cases of ferocious dogs scaring housewives to couples visiting public parks being harassed by eunuchs," the officer said.