Of reel-inspired women killers

Cases of horrendous murders, especially that of wives murdering husbands, are mounting by the day.

By Author  |  Published: 11th Jan 2018  12:07 amUpdated: 11th Jan 2018  3:15 pm
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Making movies inspired from real-life incidents, and public actions motivated by movies are nothing new to us. More often than not, they have all served as noble expeditions to uphold and embrace humanity, setting stimulating precedents. However, things recently started tumbling downhill, as certain events steered this trend to a sinister turn.

Cases of horrendous murders, especially that of wives murdering husbands, are mounting by the day. Over five to six cases were registered in the Telugu States alone, some of which became much talked-about, for the ludicrousness of it despite the atrocious nature of the crime.

While most of the murders were committed so as to hide/carry on the wives’ illicit affairs, some of the plans were allegedly inspired by movies. Nevertheless, it is not a trend we would want to see flourish to abominable extremes.

According to reports, while a woman from Siddipet slit the throat of her Gulf-returned husband so as to maintain the affair she was having with a local person, another from Guntur, with the help of her lover, poisoned her husband’s alcohol with cyanide. However, the filmiest of all was when a Hyderabad-based wife not only decided to kill her husband, but go one more step ahead.

Inspired by the 2014 Telugu movie Yevadu, starring Ram Charan, Allu Arjun and Shruti Haasan, the young wife killed her husband and disfigured her paramour’s face to pass him off as her husband. However, the veil was stripped when the paramour refused to eat non-vegetarian food, while the husband was an ardent non-vegetarian, getting the relatives suspicious.
City-based psychologist Geetha Challa elucidates for us the revealing psychological implications and the influence of media on it. “Women are proved to be more emotional than men and this has its positive as well as negative sides,” she reckons.

About the tendency becoming a trend now, she explains, “Earlier, there used to be little or no options to communicate with your previous lover or develop a new relationship. But now, with the advancement of technology, it has become very easy. And this is one major reason for such cases to recur,” she says, adding that sometimes women are even forced to maintain the extramarital affair by means of blackmailing, perhaps from a relationship they had in the past.
While we might find it ridiculous that people actually find it a good idea to imitate what is shown on screen to get away with crimes, this too stems from psychological conditions. “What we see and hear continuously is bound to create an impact in our sub-conscious, which will surface when an appropriate situation arises. They first identify with the situation and then imitate it,” Geetha shares.

In such cases, television serials with similar themes are more dangerous than movies, the psychologist reckons. “Serials have continuous and long-term effect as they run longer and on a daily basis thereby reinforcing the idea,” she adds.