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GUWAHATI, June 24 - Parricidal deaths (killing of parents, children or close relatives) are no longer a rare form of crime in Assam!

While a logical and convincing explanation leading to such killing continues to elude the society at large, the Assam Police has recorded an alarming and unprecedented increase in such cases in the last five years, especially those related to children killing their biological parents and vice versa.

A never-before published compilation of statistics accessed from the Assam Police has revealed that every week nearly four cases of parricidal deaths are being recorded on an average in the State, taking the tally of such inexplicable deaths to around 200 annually on an average.

In fact, if the wider scenario is to be considered, as many as 885 cases of parricides were reported in 33 districts of Assam between 2012 and 2016. The cases mostly relates to wards killing their parents and vice versa.

Significantly, of these 885 cases, most cases were believed to have been solved without much ado as the parricide offenders on most occasions tend to confess to have committed the crime unlike in other forms of homicides, which mental health experts believe, leaves enough scope for research.

Meanwhile, records further show that police has filed chargesheets in more than 771 cases (of 885 cases) in the last five years or so. The number of persons arrested in those connections since 2012 to 2016 stood at 945.

Asked to comment on the trend, Special Director General of Police (Law and Order) Kula Saikia, who has done his PhD on issues concerning violence in the society, said that more in-depth study into this phenomenon may be needed to find out the psychosocial parameters.

�The interplay of different factors emanating from the dynamics of the ever-changing society exposed to developmental and cultural dimensions are to be looked into,� he opined.

�It is also imperative that we analyse how our psyche is being impacted by the external factors like isolation in the neighbourhood, and collective avoidance to individual turmoil,� he asserted.

A senior psychiatrist, without wishing to be named, said that such tendency among the parricide offenders mostly remain undiagnosed till it emerges in a drastic way, which may be the case behind the alarming scenario.

�Conduct disorder, where a person loses the power of reasoning and is unable to differentiate between good and bad, has to be identified at an early stage,� he opined.

Among the police districts, between 2012 and 2016, the highest number of parricidal cases was registered in Dibrugarh with 103 cases, followed by Golaghat (81), Lakhimpur (65), Tinsukia (61) and Sonitpur (60), among others.

The police districts which have cent per cent record as far as filing the chargesheet is concerned are Jorhat, Dibrugarh, Karbi Anglong, Dima Hasao, Tinsukia, Hailakandi and Sadiya.

However, police districts like Hojai failed to file chargesheet in any of the 15 cases registered so far. Likewise, not a single chargesheet was filed in the newly formed police district of Charaideo against 21 cases registered.

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Parricides on the rise in State

GUWAHATI, June 24 - Parricidal deaths (killing of parents, children or close relatives) are no longer a rare form of crime in Assam!

While a logical and convincing explanation leading to such killing continues to elude the society at large, the Assam Police has recorded an alarming and unprecedented increase in such cases in the last five years, especially those related to children killing their biological parents and vice versa.

A never-before published compilation of statistics accessed from the Assam Police has revealed that every week nearly four cases of parricidal deaths are being recorded on an average in the State, taking the tally of such inexplicable deaths to around 200 annually on an average.

In fact, if the wider scenario is to be considered, as many as 885 cases of parricides were reported in 33 districts of Assam between 2012 and 2016. The cases mostly relates to wards killing their parents and vice versa.

Significantly, of these 885 cases, most cases were believed to have been solved without much ado as the parricide offenders on most occasions tend to confess to have committed the crime unlike in other forms of homicides, which mental health experts believe, leaves enough scope for research.

Meanwhile, records further show that police has filed chargesheets in more than 771 cases (of 885 cases) in the last five years or so. The number of persons arrested in those connections since 2012 to 2016 stood at 945.

Asked to comment on the trend, Special Director General of Police (Law and Order) Kula Saikia, who has done his PhD on issues concerning violence in the society, said that more in-depth study into this phenomenon may be needed to find out the psychosocial parameters.

�The interplay of different factors emanating from the dynamics of the ever-changing society exposed to developmental and cultural dimensions are to be looked into,� he opined.

�It is also imperative that we analyse how our psyche is being impacted by the external factors like isolation in the neighbourhood, and collective avoidance to individual turmoil,� he asserted.

A senior psychiatrist, without wishing to be named, said that such tendency among the parricide offenders mostly remain undiagnosed till it emerges in a drastic way, which may be the case behind the alarming scenario.

�Conduct disorder, where a person loses the power of reasoning and is unable to differentiate between good and bad, has to be identified at an early stage,� he opined.

Among the police districts, between 2012 and 2016, the highest number of parricidal cases was registered in Dibrugarh with 103 cases, followed by Golaghat (81), Lakhimpur (65), Tinsukia (61) and Sonitpur (60), among others.

The police districts which have cent per cent record as far as filing the chargesheet is concerned are Jorhat, Dibrugarh, Karbi Anglong, Dima Hasao, Tinsukia, Hailakandi and Sadiya.

However, police districts like Hojai failed to file chargesheet in any of the 15 cases registered so far. Likewise, not a single chargesheet was filed in the newly formed police district of Charaideo against 21 cases registered.