Two back-to-back murders in Chennai shocking
Chennai is not a sleepy village. It is a huge metropolis. We all know it. So, safety is a relative word. Chennai is definitely not safe compared to a tiny hamlet somewhere in Thamizhnaadu. But that is comparing apples to oranges. Chennai is definitely the safest metro in India. Crime statistics prove that. Women too enjoy a higher level of safety here than in the other big cities. That is why two women murdered in broad daylight in two separate incidents just half a week apart is a cause for concern. Prima facie, in each case, it looks like murder-for-gain. In both the instances, women who were only temporarily alone for a certain time of the day were targeted. This, in a city, where there is an ever-growing trend of the young being away from their parents in another city or country. Investigations in past incidents have found perpetrators who were from other states too – Andhra, MP, Bihar etc. That is also the fallout of Madras being a magnet for all kinds of people. Every predator in the jungle goes after the softest targets, the weakest member in the pack. In community living (by which I mean the joint family system), there was safety in numbers. Now the whole world is going nuclear in more ways than one. That invites its own set of problems. And calls for different kinds of solutions. Hope people become more aware of the dangers and take appropriate steps for their personal safety. Losing kith and kin in this manner is traumatic. And one of the affected is a former Chennai Metblogger and a well-known blogger himself. Sad indeed!