Love, sex and potholes: You’re dead whether you cross the road or the marital boundary 

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Bachi Karkaria


You want to die? Take your pick from two sets of statistics released this week. In 2018, road accidents claimed one person every five hours in Delhi; across India, 17 lives were crushed out every hour. Crimes of passion were less frequent. After all, there are fewer threesomes than two/four-wheelers. Still, torrid affairs also produced chilling figures. The National Crime Records Bureau found that, while murder rates have been falling in India, those triggered by romantic liaisons are on the rise. Between 2017and 2018, the usual suspects of personal vendetta and property disputes decreased respectively (and respectably) by 4.3% and 12%, but crimes of pash saw a startling jump of 28%. Hmmm, it’s still ‘Pyar kiya toh marna kya?’   

So, are these two sets of statistics parallel lines which never meet? Nah! Look no further than aamchya Maharashtra. The Sena has khullam-khulla strayed from the saffron marriage, and is ready to dally with whoever is ready, willing and able to give it orgasmic power. But, this wheeling-dealing has fatally run over us voters, no?   

There are two, more literal links between those recent statistics. The first obviously is rashness. You drive/ love dangerously and you die violently. On the road, you could as well be the victim of some random stranger’s recklessness: hapless pedestrians accounted for 15% of the fatalities. Seven every day in our maha of rashtras.    

Rash is also at the heart and start of pash. The straying spouse’s death sentence could be the enraged one’s life sentence – as happened in the mythic Nanavati case. Justices Shelar and Naik of the Bombay high court refused to let the adulated Parsi naval commander slip through the legal loophole of ‘grave and sudden provocation’ and gave him rigorous life imprisonment for killing his wife’s lover. However, he escaped through a bigger, plusher bolt-hole – as did all the high-profile criminals of passion who bloodied every subsequent decade.    

So, here’s the second, as obvious link between those stats and its who-cares corollary. Yes, rule breaking starts the spiral which ends in road and bed killings. But if you’re rich and influential, you can simply saunter away. Bin due sazaa. Bindas!  

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Alec Smart said: “When will we put the ‘sab’ into Sabarimala?”    

DISCLAIMER : This article is intended to bring a smile to your face. Any connection to events and characters in real life is coincidental.

via TOI Blog

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