In the beginning there was one happy family, a mother and her 14-year-old son and some neighbours who had become a part of it. Then there was a loan of Rs. 50 that the 14-year-old boy took from his family friends, which three women paid with their lives. In the end there was nothing but blood and gore.
For one month, nobody knew that the lava of revenge was boiling in the heart of the teenager — who worked at a hosiery factory — was enraged at the humiliation heaped upon him allegedly by Vineeta, his prime target and whom he used to call 'Maami' (aunty).
The killer teen knew Vineeta and her husband Pawan Kumar, who runs a juice shop, for the past many years. They had lived as neighbours for six years at Ramgarh Village in Delhi before both the families moved to Jahangirpuri.
The teenager's mother used to collect his salary from the hosiery unit. However, a month ago he borrowed Rs. 50 from the owner and spent it. Scared that his mother would come to know about it, he asked Vineeta to loan him Rs. 50. He gave it to his mother and was happy that he had handled the situation well.
But, Vineeta told his mother about it and she beat up the teen for hiding it. It triggered such angst in him that he decided to kill Vineeta to avenge the humiliation he suffered at the hands of his mother.
Fifteen was the number of stab wounds that the killer teen inflicted upon Vineeta. The stabs were so violent that Vineeta's three kids - two daughters aged one and two years old, respectively and a six-year-old son — who were present at the crime scene were drenched in their mother's blood.When Vineeta's landlady Santra and her daughter Jyoti tried to intervene, they also met the same fate.
But his approach to deal with problems had changed a little. Instead of running away from the scene, the boy locked himself in a toilet at Vineeta's house and the neighbours blocked all exit, leading to his arrest.
"He usually came to my house and we treated him like a member of our family," said Kumar, who is facing the daunting task of bringing up three children without his wife.
“My youngest kid is just an infant. How will I raise her. We had always loved the boy and see what he has done to us,” Kumar added.