MUMBAI: Are crimes in the city getting more and more brutal? Investigators, including seasoned detectives who have put the mafia behind bars, think so.
“The sight of the girl’s dead body in the Madh case made my skin crawl. It was nothing like anything I had seen before. The killer had tried to remove all evidence and mutilated her body in the process. He later turned out to be a first-time offender,” said an investigating officer. Another officer recounted how he was haunted by the sight of the bloody room in Malwani where the bodies of an elderly woman and her grand kids were found. There was blood everywhere — the walls, the floor and the wash-basin.”
“Exposure to extreme violence could lead to a copycat phenomenon where after viewing something, it is registered in the viewer’s brain and he then repeats it in his actions,” says clinical psychologist Dr Narendra Kinger. There is easy access to violent content through crime shows on TV, video clips streaming on WhatsApp or action video games where the enemy has to be stabbed repeatedly in order to score more points. “Having sex with a child is a manifestation of high level of mental disturbance,” Dr Kinger adds. Siddhant Ganore’s case has been discussed endlessly in police circles. “It’s probably the first time that a family member has left behind a smiling emoticon in a message using blood of the deceased. The cold-bloodedness has left us numb,” said an officer.