The Alternate Universe of the Bizarre and Insane

Bizarre things happen these days!

Vincent Van Gogh was looking out the window of his Worli Sea Face apartment. The monsters were back, teasing and beckoning him from the turbulent waves crashing on those horrible tripods. He just had had a fight with Sharmila and he couldn’t understand why she was not able to pierce the fog around his mind and figure out what was going on. He couldn’t take it anymore. He took out his pistol and shot himself. Sharmila came back in the evening to find him dead and called the police. The police found “disturbing” paintings and an online blog that spoke about his troubled relationship, not just with Sharmila, but also with other friends and family. The next day, Sharmila was arrested for abetment.

Neelam couldn’t bear it anymore. Each time she moved, flashes of unbearable pain wracked her body. She could picture those cancer cells eating away at her bones and liver. Her last scans despite all possible chemotherapy, had shown so many cancerous lesions that she finally realized it was only a matter of time. She made her decision. She spoke to her husband, Sanjeev and her children and a Mahasatiji, all of who agreed with her. She stopped eating and drinking in an act of “Santhara”, knowing that leaving the world at this stage would be far better than later. As people came to know of her decision, friends and family from far and wide came to be beside her and lend moral support. When she died six days later, peacefully and without trouble, she was surrounded by all her dear and loved ones. The next day, the police came and arrested Sanjeev for abetment of suicide…someone apparently had made an anonymous call to the police station calling her death an aided suicide.

Virginia Woolf knew she was screwed. Leonard was also not able to help her. The words were still there but her last book hadn’t done too well and she couldn’t understand why. Some days were just so dark and bleak, there didn’t seem to be a single ray of hope, despite the bright Mumbai sunlight streaming into her Juhu Village apartment. She made her decision. She walked out of the building, onto the beach and into the Arabian Sea and never came out. Her body washed up to shore the next day. Leonard was inconsolable. In the evening, the police came and arrested him.

Each time someone commits suicide, it is as if our men in uniform are just waiting to pounce on whomever they think might be responsible for the death. A good number of those who commit suicide are disturbed…either in the short term, or over the long run. The final act itself occurs either due to the proverbial last straw or is a final culmination of a series of small events that by themselves may not seem relevant. To book and arrest people near to or in love with or related to or in troubled relationships with the suicidees and to ask questions later, is complete madness.

Sharmila, Sanjeev and Leonard were eventually all released.

Only if there is hard, concrete, incontrovertible and unequivocal evidence of wrongdoing and abetment, following a thorough investigation by experts from all related fields, should an arrest be made. Those alive and involved are anyway going through “shit” because of the loss of a loved one, and the additional trauma of having the police breathing down their necks, just makes it all worse.

Seriously! This is all just so completely bizarre and insane.


  • khushboo wrote:

    Oh my god..are these real life stories?
    I cant believe this is the current situation of people whose loved ones are away from them..

  • Neelakantan K wrote:

    What you have written is, unfortunately, very true and happening repeatedly. I think this is a reflection of social mores and insensitivity of the police whose personnel are not given training to sensitize them. An improvement will be seen only when this changes. Also, I feel, police take the easiest way out by arresting the near ones so that voices are not raised against them. That is the reason why, in most cases, the arrested person is quietly released later.

  • Bizarre is the right description for the examples your blog in . There are several aspects to this, here are three:
    1) the police Sub-inspector and his constables are not trained to respond sensitively to such situations; they are also overworked and disinterested.

    2) there is still an antiquated law criminalizing suicides. So if you attempt it, make sure you do not fail … survival means penal action against you!

    3)there is a larger societal aspect that looks upon this as a failure of the family and worse, within the family, as a weakness of character. Both lead to humiliation and therefore an attempt to hush up is made.

    Very few may have heard of The Society for the Right to Die with Dignity. This Society supports those patients suffering from terminal disease who wish to end their suffering or those whose families have to take a call on pulling the plug. Both cannot act because the law prevents them. I think the SRDD should no come on to centrestage.

  • Mahaveer wrote:

    Suicide is usally the outcome of depression and it is usally provoked by a minor incident. It is unfortunate incidence and most the time the depressed person get further jolt when his or her wish is not fulfilled or their expectations are not met. And person go for this act. And the near relative are directly or indirectly blamed for the cause of suicide.and got victimised by police.

  • People who commit suicide are glorified.
    Cheaters are glorified.
    The second wife is glorified ,they are given legal rights too.
    Women rights are sometimes fought for wrong reason even if the human is a fraud.
    Police are not trained asper the growing time so no one is safe even if you are innocent.
    Its like as if all brains are garbled.

  • People who commit suicide are glorified.
    Cheaters are glorified.
    The second wife is glorified ,they are given legal rights too.
    Women rights are sometimes fought for wrong reason even if the human is a fraud.
    Police are not trained asper the growing time so no one is safe even if you are innocent.
    Its like as if all brains are garbled.

  • Jayesh Desai wrote:

    Surreal is real in today’s India. A minister’s nephew is caught with ninty lakh rupee for influencing appointment but the minister is innocent! Three drugs are banned by bureaucrats, one of which is more then 30 year old analgesic banned all over world decades ago, others is other is used world over with some precautions for treatment of diabetes, which by the way is as common as common cold in India and third is combination of anxiolytic which may be sold separately. No scientific explanation is given but a rule that says if drug is banned in its place of origin than that is reason for banning it in India. But in same India you can quote some ancient Ayurvedic text and manufacture,advertise and sell “performance enchancing” drugs without any evidence and quality control. Apartments in Mumbai are advertised with cost as much as that in lake front area of Chicago. one can go on and on, Theatre of Absurd, one would laugh except it is so tragic for so many.

  • Sundaram M R wrote:

    The narration is given with the dramatisation needed for the press reports. But the basic core reality is the bitter state of current day happenings.

  • jamna varadhachary wrote:

    To throw in jail the poor husband/significant other for the suicide of a disturbed soul, is unfair. Looks like the people are just looking for a fall guy. Or maybe this is a way of settling scores

  • I agree with you. All aspects should be considered, expert opinion taken, a proper thought process put into it before somebody is arrested for aiding or abetting suicide. Not only that, proper legal opinion in writing should be taken by police from a competent authority like the police prosecutor’s office, even before they think of arresting anyone for abetting suicide.
    If the above is not done, who is going to compensate the arrested person when he or she is finally let off as if nothing has happened???

  • Chandrashekar wrote:

    The arrest of Sooraj was without a shred of evidence but based only on the complaint of Jiah’s mother. Why on earth did the judge not throw out the case in the first instance is puzzling, The bail also set at a high amount. If the police are senseless at least the judge ought to act without bias. If at a later stage evidence comes through of Sooraj’s guilt he can always be taken in custody. He is not going to run away.

  • arjun marphatia wrote:

    Our powers that be need to deal with such tragic cases with a lot of sensitivity and respect for the departed. The person(s) connected with the deceased or allegedly involved are likely to be going thru a trauma themselves. Unfortunately no one spares a thought for them!

  • Satish Rao wrote:

    Worst thing that can happen to a person and his/her family is when someone close commits suicide and the police descend on the family and arrests someone for abetment. There are people who have a suicidal tendency and they do not meed abetment to commit suicide. Police action sometimes seems to be adding insult to injury. Practically every case of suicide nowadays we hear that someone is arrested for abetment. It is really a shame.

  • Armaity Patel wrote:

    Yes, As Satish Rao writes, “There are people who have suicidal tendency” While working in a Psychologist’s clinic after my B.Ed. I learnt about a mental disease called “schizophrenia”. Persons suffering from this disease have tendency to commit suicide. I also learnt that 95% of these persons end their lives at some time or the other. Most of them are brilliant in their fields! MY own cousin, who was diagnosed as a Schizophrenic, committed suicide at the age of 29 ! He used to confide me that “I feel confused in my mind and no body understands me, etc”. He was under treatment but he tricked my Masi and my Mom and sent them away to meet the doctor. And when both of them whent away leaving an elderly gentleman to sit near him, he got up, told the gentleman, he wanted fresh air and was just walking in the corridor, instead he wnt to his friend’s building a few blocks away. The friend was not at home, then he began pacing up and down near the staircase of 2nd floor and in front of an old lady jumped out off the open block! He fell on his head and his life was snuffed off ! Later, I read many such cases in newspapers and most of them were having some mental problem or another.
    This disease does not surface easily as the persons act very normally. They are intelligent too!! Unfortunately very sad fact! Thus blaming someone or yourself is not correct. My Masi felt guilty that it was her fault, she did not look after her son, etc. BUT it is no body’s fault!
    It is destiny!

  • My Dear Bhavin
    Thanks for waking me up from the mundane boredom with the clip. You are truly a good scribe.

  • A random person wrote:

    A good way to screw someone on the way out:
    Leave a note blaming that person for your messed up life. The police will do the rest. 🙂

  • udayan.g.govkar wrote:

    Jias relatioship was doomed the day she became friends with a notorious name like pancholi,his father is known women beater,a antisocial element,got the wrong side of Law,and always escaped punishment due to some film fraternity pressure on the police force.what is an intelligent girl studied in London walked into the relationship with such notorious gent.Today s girls are sensible,and it was jiahs misfortune that her impeteousness lead her to this tragic end.

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