By Linus Garg
First publised on 2019-12-15 16:16:51
In a gruesome crime in the heart of Kolkata, related to family matters and property, the daughter-in-law and the granddaughter of a woman, along with their accomplices, are alleged to have got her killed in the flat where she lived alone. The 64-year old woman was stabbed more than 20 times and her head was severed from her body. The police have arrested the duo and then picked up a 22-year old from Nabha in Punjab after questioning them. They are on the lookout for another suspected accomplice.
The son had died a few years ago and the daughter-in-law was being provided a fixed monthly income from the joint family business. Aggrieved by the alleged low payout and the fact that a flat, held jointly by the family, was not being transferred to her, she is alleged to have used the youth from Punjab to conspire and kill the mother-in-law.
The crime once again highlights how some people have lost all respect for negotiations and mediation in family matters and how they more often than not use violence and killing as the preferred way to settle scores. It also shows that people are becoming unconcerned about the consequences. It was a small family dispute that could have been settled internally by setting up a family panchayat consisting of relatives and elders in the community. Yet, the alleged accused used murder to settle scores.
One fails to understand how murdering the old woman would have got them the desired result - greater share from the family business and the flat. It seems that the woman was killed in an act of vengeance as she was not supporting them in the dispute. Crimes, even hard crimes, are taking place for the most trivial of reasons and people are not worried about the consequences even while committing murder and rape. This is an area that requires detailed study. Psychoanalysts must study the criminal mind and explore the reasons why they are committing grave crimes for such trivial reasons and why they are not worried about the consequences.
pic courtesy: a report in The Telegraph