Murders due to love relationship (2020): are worrying for society

Murders due to love relationship (2020): are worrying for society

Murders due to love relationship are worrying for society The data released by the National Crime Records Bureau underscores the need to take concrete steps to prevent crimes. There is a category of such murders, which are related to love, marriage, intimate relationship, etc. The rate at which such, murders are increasing, this category may soon overtake the number of murders due to personal enmity and property disputes. Most of its victim is woman.

The situation is more or less similar elsewhere in the world. The way our narrow mindset is inciting brutal crime against our acquaintances, neighbors, and family, irrespective of human relations, values, and rights, is very worrying for the present and the future.

Murders due to love relationship

Family and social acceptance about love affairs in our country are not easy. We have to face opposition and questions at every step.

The murder rate due to love affair has increased in the last decade and a half. NCRB (National Crime Records Bureau) statistics show that in the last several years, there has been a decrease in murder cases in our country. But, in the same period, there has been an increase in murder in the case of love affairs. Recently released NCRB data shows that between 2001 and 2017 the rate of murder in the love affair has been the highest.

The NCRB recorded 36,202 murders in the year 2001, it decreased in the year 2017 and reached 28,653. That is, there was a decrease of 21% in annual murder cases. 

There was a decline of 4.3% in this period in the murder of mutual rivalry, while the murder in property dispute has decreased by 12%. while the cases of killings related to love affairs have increased by 28% in the period from 2001 to 2017.

However, there has been a slight decrease in murders due to love affair in 2017. in the year 2017, 1390 cases of murder were registered. While 1,493 cases were registered in 2016 and 1,379 cases in 2015.

Love affair become the leading cause of murder in these states

Andhra Pradesh (including Telangana), Maharashtra, Gujarat, and Punjab are the states where love affair has been the leading cause of murder, from 2001 to 2017. Andhra Pradesh ranks first in this case with an average of 384 people killed each year. Due to love affair, at least one murder has been registered in this state every day. At the same time, Maharashtra is second with 277 murders every year, Gujarat third with 156 and Punjab fourth with 98, where love affair is the first place among the main reasons for murder.

murders due to love relationship

West Bengal-Kerala better in acceptance of love affairs 

West Bengal and Kerala state in the country where the acceptance of love affairs is relatively high. In these two states, the love affair has been at the bottom of the main reasons for murder. while the average annual murder in West Bengal has been 29 between 2001 and 2017, in Kerala it has been just six. 

Alleged Honor killing: An Increasing case

It is generally seen that many cases of murder are related to love affairs. In some areas of the country, cases of alleged honor killings come to light due to honor Killing. Earlier in 2016, 71 cases related to this were reported. It is clear from the data that sexual offenses are the major reason for murder. Political and social asymmetry is also the main reason behind these incidents of violence. The biggest hurdle in love relationships is also caste, class, and religion. For this reason, a person is killed even. Angered by the love affair, the practice of killing only by family members continues in different parts of the country. The news related to this is in the headlines daily.

Interracial marriage does not get easy acceptance

Inter-caste marriages are not accepted in a large section of society. The independent decision taken by the boy or girl is rejected by the family. In many cases, family members are drawn to violence.

According to a study done Honor Killing between 2005 and 2012 by Assistant Professor Satnam Singh Deol of Guru Nanak dev University, 44 percent of the cases were due to inter-cate marriages. According to the study, 56 percent of the families did not like the independent decision taken by the boy or girl.

Society’s watch over personal decisions

In the eyes of law, even though marriage is considered to be a personal and private decision, even today it is not accepted as a personal decision in the conservative family and society. There are many families who consider marriage to be a family and community affair. when the children make their decision in front of the family, the family is unable to bear it and when the protest increases, the matter reaches violence.

Jharkhand-Bihar not behind in murder

Jharkhand and Bihar are not behind in the murder due to love affair. The love affair has been the third or fourth major cause of murder in these states during the period 2001 to 2017. At the same time, Uttar Pradesh is in first place in the first place in this matter. On average, 395 people have been killed here every year due to love affairs. This is the second leading cause of murder in this state after a property dispute (553 murders).

After Uttar Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, and Delhi are the states where love affair has become the second most prominent cause of murder. Due to love affair in these states, 240, 113 and 51 people have lost their lives on an average every year respectively. Apart from these states, Chhattisgarh, Odisha, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Rajasthan, and Assam have been the states where love affair is the third or fourth leading cause of murder.

Women killed by acquaintances  around the world 

According to the report released by the United Nations Office or Drugs and crime Surveillance last year, thousands of women in other countries of the world, including India, are murdered by their husbands, lovers or family members. Highlights of this report. In 2017, an average of 137 women was murdered daily in the world by their relatives or relatives. The cases of murderers are more than 50 thousand. women killed by close relatives, 30 thousand were murdered by husband or lovers. 

Murder of men is four times more than that of women, but in this less than 20 percent of the murders committed by spouses or lovers, 82 percent of the victims were women.

In Africa, the share of murders by spouses or relatives in the killing of women is 70 percent, while in Europe it is 38 percent. 

The situation in Asia is very serious. In 2017, 20 thousand women were killed by husbands, lovers or relatives. The situation is more or less similar in South America.

There are many flaws in the registration of crimes in Asia and Africa. Many times the family hides the crimes. In the year 2017, out of five thousand cases of alleged ‘honor killing’ from different parts of the world, one thousand murders took place in India alone. In Pakistan and Afghanistan, there are many such killings. 

58% of murders involve husband or ex-boyfriend

Globally, about 58 percent of the acts of murder of women are committed by her ex or husband or her lover. In less than 20 percent of the murders of men, only his former or current wife or girlfriend is involved.

Murder is performed by a male partner after the female partner ends the relationship or expresses his intention. According to one study, the men who murdered claim that they killed the women they loved, or they killed them because of their extreme love with the female partner.

Aaron Ben-Jeev, co-author of ‘In the Name of Love: Romantic Ideology and Its Victim’, says that the man’s murder of his female partner is due to some degree of lack of love in return for love. Can, but the killing due to excessive love can not be accepted. However, Aaron also says that killing his partner is not an expression of deep love, but it is an inappropriate way of problematic fusion model of love.

Five big reasons for murder, annual average 



  • Love affair 277
  • Personal enmity 193
  • Property dispute 139 
  • Dowry 101 
  • Benefit 71


  • Love affair 156 
  • Personal enmity 151
  • Property Disputes 101
  • Benefit 68 
  • Communal 18

Andhra Pradesh

  • Love affair 384 
  • Personal enmity 276
  • Property dispute 176
  • Gain 171
  • Dowry 124

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