The recent spurt in crimes of passion, including murder, has left the city on the edge.
Be it serial killings in southwest Delhi's Bindapur and Ghaziabad by a man who later killed himself, men who went on a shooting spree in Swaroop Nagar, murder of a senior citizen in Neb Sarai or the murder of a doctor in New Rajender Nagar on Tuesday, at the root of all the cases was a love affair.
Also, in all the cases innocents lost their lives who had no connection with the provocation that led to the killings. In Bindapur, the landlady of the murdered couple was killed, in Swaroop Nagar, a 31-year-old woman, who only knew one of the killers, was killed when the accused saw him walking in the same lane where he had gone to kill his brother.
In Neb Sarai, a 65-year-old man was killed when he went to his neighbour's house to settle a dispute between the girl and her lover. "These all are senseless killings in which innocents lost their lives. In Tuesday's incident too, the doctor had only come out after hearing the commotion when he was shot," a senior police officer said.
"We can easily classify 35% of the total murders in Delhi, crimes of passion. The reason is either extra marital affair or a girl's refusal for marriage. Our analysis shows that the reason behind most of the murders (18% ) is sex while 17% happen due to a sudden provocation," a senior police officer said.
While some of these crimes appear to be pre-meditated, as it happened in Swaroop Nagar, others are due to a sudden provocation. However, police classify all such crimes as murder due to sudden provocation because the records do not have a category for passion crimes.