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20% murder cases fall under category of crime of passion or sudden provocation: Report

The brutal murder of 21-year-old school teacher Karuna Prajapati was also due to sudden provocation after Surendra Singh, son of a retired Delhi Police Sub Inspector, learnt that she was betraying him. It is important to mention that Surendra is married and has two children. But he intended to marry Karuna and for that, he was fighting a divorce case with his wife.

According to Delhi Police data, till August 31 this year, as many as 342 murder cases have been reported at various police stations along with 431 attempts to murder cases. 

It was learnt that this year, out of 342 murder cases, the motive behind 20 per cent of the killing is due to sudden provocation. And 10 per cent of the murders takes place after a person learnt about their partner’s sexual indulgences with a paramour.

“Delhi has witnessed a lot of change in recent years and the rise in murder cases reflect the city’s increasing population in many complex ways. Part of this trend is a large number of murders due to sudden provocation,” says a senior police official.

A majority of the murders that take place in the national Capital are committed by first-timers, instigated by a sudden provocation and using sharp-edged weapons like knives and scissors, a study conducted recently by the Delhi Police said. 

“This shows how the temperament of people has changed as a whole, leading to frequent fights and outbursts to vent out anger and vengeance,” another senior police official said adding: “The easy availability of firearms and sharp-edged weapons makes it easier for people to turn a criminal and execute their plans to murder someone within a short span of time.”

In 2015, when Delhi Police studied the motive behind the murder, it was learnt that around 17 per cent of them took place due to sudden provocation and 10 per cent due to sexual indulgences. 

However, 18.67 per cent happened due to old enmity and only 9.43 per cent of the murders were crime related.

Sudden provocation and trivial issues are something that is beyond the control of police officers, many cops admitted. 
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