The Tragic Murders that Shook India
Rakhi Malhotra | On 10, Jul 2018
In any given country, when the populace is faced with tragic and senseless murder, the nation mourns together. Such an evil act can be unsettling, confronting, and above all terrifying. It is essential not to forget the innocent souls whose lives were maliciously taken from them, so here is a reminder of those who were taken from us too soon.
Though all murders are extremely confronting, when a celebrity or notable figure is killed, it can feel quite personal to the nation. Sometimes, we feel as though we do know iconic individuals through sheer exposure to them. This was the case when politician Pramod Mahajan was killed – he was shot in the middle of the day by his brother who was then sentenced to life in prison. The same can be said for the much-loved badminton champion Syed Modi. Modi, who was fatally shot while leaving a stadium in Lucknow – a man named Akhilesh Singh was found to have commissioned his murder for reasons that are still unknown.
When a person is killed by their partner, the person that is supposed to love them unconditionally, it can leave many people feeling shocked and, perhaps, paranoid. The people of India felt this way when Sushil Sharma murdered his wife, Naina Sahni. Sharma suspected that his wife was cheating on him and, without any concrete evidence to suggest this, shot her. He then cut her body up into pieces in an attempt to burn the remains in his tandoor. He is currently serving a sentence of life in prison. If a husband is supposed to love his wife unconditionally, a mother is commonly expected to love her child to an even greater extent.
Sheena Bora was killed by her mother Indrani Mukerjea – her remains were then set ablaze in a forest. She then used her daughter’s name to funnel money, garnering financial gain from her evil decision. She remains in jail to this day.
Though the death of any human is upsetting, the act of murdering a child is one of the most heinous, evil things that a person can do. This is how Indians nation-wide felt when they heard about the horrific events that took place in Moninder Singh Pandher’s house. Evidently, his servant Surendra Koli was deranged – he killed women and children, often dismembering them and, on occasion, eating their flesh. In the same vein, when fourteen-year-old Aarushi Talwar was murdered along with her family’s housekeeper, the mystery behind it disturbed the country greatly. Though they claim that they are innocent, her parents Dr Rajesh and Nupur Talwar remain in jail to this day.
Though murders such as these can shake us to our very core, it is important to remember that they are few and far between. In this world, the good outweighs the bad. Always remember all of the kind people that surround you, and appreciate that you have them.