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Spurned lovers turn to acid,knives,sickles

Horrific stories such as these are becoming almost too frequent to count,and it came as a relief to many when the UPA government on Monday indicated before the Supreme Court...

Written by Sreenivas Janyala | Hyderabad |
July 10, 2009 3:30:04 am

July 2: P Lavanya,a student of computer science in the TRR College of Technology was attacked with a sickle by another student,Sudhakar Nair. The reason: she spurned his marriage proposal.

June 27: A jilted lover,Vinod,stabbed a teenage girl for refusing to marry him,and also knifed her mother. Both were admitted to the Osmania General Hospital in a serious condition.

Horrific stories such as these are becoming almost too frequent to count,and it came as a relief to many when the UPA government on Monday indicated before the Supreme Court that stringent measures were in the offing to regulate sale of acid — one of the most popular “weapons” due to its easy availability.

Warangal,for example,was shaken in December last year after three men launched a brutal acid attack on two girls,students of the Kakatiya Institute of Technology and Science,because one of them had refused a marriage proposal. Though the police shot dead the three youths who threw acid on K Swapnika,who died later,and T Pranita,who is disfigured now,it has not deterred vengeful lovers from engaging in violence,although methods vary.

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On June 16,Sameera Shaikh lost her life after she was pushed down from the Charminar by one Arshad after she refused to accept his love. The couple knew each other as their fathers were acquaintances. Arshad later told the police that she refused his proposal and said she would rather just be friends with him.

“Without showing any emotion,Arshad just kept talking as they moved around on the Charminar. When he found a deserted place,he pushed her down. Then he went home. It took us two days to figure it out,” says Charminar Police Station inspector Karan Singh.

Psychiatrist K Venkat attributes part of this trend to the influence of Telugu movies. “Just like in films,youths don’t want to take no for an answer. They try all sorts of stunts seen in films. They pursue the girl so aggressively that they become extremely jealous,and if they see the girl being friendly with any other boy,they think of betrayal and revenge.”

In the June 27 attack,R Vinod stabbed his girlfriend and her mother in their house in the city. Reshma,her mother Bishmamma and Vinod used to work in the same firm in Rajendranagar. The police say Reshma’s mother objected to her friendship with Vinod and stopped her from seeing him. “Vinod then proposed marriage but Reshma did not give any answer. He decided to go to her house to talk to her mother and when they did not entertain him,he stabbed both,” a police official said.

“In most cases,though the girl knows that a youth is stalking her,often making threats,they either don’t take it seriously or even if they complain,they are not taken seriously by parents or college authorities. The involvement of the police comes in very late,” said Hyderabad Police Commissioner B Prasada Rao.

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First published on: 10-07-2009 at 03:30:04 am

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