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Most accused are known to victims'

Last week the crime branch of Delhi Police arrested Nikesh Gupta, 29, who had hired contract killers to murder his father over a property dispute in the Model Town area of northwest Delhi. Vijaita Singh reports

india Updated: Dec 12, 2010 00:34 IST
Vijaita Singh

Last week the crime branch of Delhi Police arrested Nikesh Gupta, 29, who had hired contract killers to murder his father over a property dispute in the Model Town area of northwest Delhi.

Gupta is not the only one, this year, 200 of the 314 people arrested for heinous crimes such as murder and kidnapping for ransom were either relatives or friends. Husbands topped the list with 42 of them being arrested for the murder of their wives in Delhi this year.

The police arrested five sons for killing their fathers.

"The most common reason for people getting their spouses killed is infidelity. The sense of anger that is binding the two persons becomes hatred over a period of time. The only solution then seems to be separation altogether by killing the person," said Rajat Mitra, clinical psychologist, Swanchetan, an NGO that deals with both victims and accused.

"A son killing father happens due to unfair behavior, long term feeling of hatred and humiliation," added Mitra.

On December 8, Delhi Police had arrested a 42-year-old woman in northeast Delhi for killing her husband in connivance with her son-in-law because of strained relations between her and the victim.

The police said such crimes were result of behavioral problems. "Over the years, we have seen that such crimes fall under the non-preventable category," said Rajan Bhagat, spokesperson, Delhi Police.