Love affairs or sexual reasons were among the chief motives behind most murders — 305 — committed in Maharashtra in 2011, reveals the data compiled by the National Crime Records Bureau.
Though clubbed under the common heading of love affairs or sexual causes, the offences include instances where a person is murdered for not responding to romantic overtures, an extramarital affair, jealousy and suspicion or a bitter separation, said the police.
A case in point could be the recent attack by a driver on his 20-year-old lover in Mulund. The man got upset after the woman told him that she could not marry him because of parental pressure. Though the girl received cuts to her face, the accused was prevented from doing further harm after people started gathering around.
According to joint commissioner of police (crime), Himanshu Roy, the repression of feelings in a conservative society such as ours, leads to such violent acts. “Also, since we live in a male-dominated society, people overreact to issues such as extramarital affairs,” he said.
Denying that most incidents occur in the heat of the moment, Roy said, “There have been several cases where the accused has meticulously planned the murder.”
After love affairs, personal vendetta or enmity are top reasons that have led to 201 murders in the state last year. The trend witnessed in the state, however, is opposite to the one seen in crimes across the country, where personal vendetta tops the list, followed by love affairs.
Property disputes claimed 147 lives in the state, while 113 cases of dowry-related murders were reported.
Gain, terrorist or extremist causes and witchcraft were some of the other motives. Of the 2,818 murder cases registered last year, 1,916 murders have been classified into ‘other motives’.