Odisha today woke up to the shocking news of the death of a woman and her two minor daughters inside their house at Fatak Pada in Brajrajnagar Town of Jharsuguda district. The incident not only shook the entire State but it also raised graves concerns about the rising cases of crimes due to family dispute once again.
Though the exact reason of the triple deaths is yet to be ascertained, involvement of the deceased woman's husband in the crime is suspected as he has reportedly gone missing after the incident.
A few days ago, a woman allegedly killed her husband over some family dispute at Damana Mandap Basti in Bhubaneswar. She even reportedly kept the body in the house and stayed with the corpse for two days in a bid to hide the crime.
While these incidents, among others, can be taken as glaring examples of the rising cases of crimes within family or relatives, the data compiled by the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) for 2020 says it all.
As per the NCRB data, Odisha witnessed a 136 fold increase in murders due to family disputes. In 2019, the State had recorded only two murders due to family disputes.
Experts are of the view that the Covid pandemic situation played a major part in accentuating crimes within families. It is believed that mental stress is driving people to commit violent acts within the confines of their homes.
Besides, financial crisis along with the modern lifestyle and internet usage has also emerged as contributing factors in the rising crime rate in the State, believe experts.
“Police will have to be smart, updated and trained in the use of new technology. Family members having inclination towards violence need psychological counselling and expert advice,” said noted social worker, Namrata Chadha.