‘Has­nain may have been men­tally ill’

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - - HTMETRO - Farhan Shaikh

MUM­BAI: Thane’s mass mur­der where a man in­vited his fam­ily for din­ner and then slaugh­tered 14 of them be­fore end­ing his life early on Sun­day has baf­fled psy­chol­o­gists and crim­i­nol­o­gists.

Psy­chi­a­trist Dr Har­ish Shetty said: “This seems like a ma­jor form of men­tal ill­ness. The in­ci­dent seems to be planned and com­mit­ted by some­one who was not well. Sev­eral so­cial fac­tors in­clud­ing stress, prop­erty dis­pute, re­la­tion­ships and poverty have to be con­sid­ered to un­der­stand what ex­actly tran­spired.”

Shetty added that a proper psy­cho­log­i­cal au­topsy of the se­quence of events and the fam­ily his­tory is a must.

Psy­chol­o­gists said there are thou­sands of cit­i­zens fac­ing men­tal stress and vi­o­lent in­ci­dents are pre­ventable if the signs are no­ticed at an early stage.

“The bizarre act was a re­sult of ig­nor­ing the early signs of poor men­tal health and the stigma as­so­ci­ated with it,” said Shetty, adding that there is a need to in­crease aware­ness on

Clin­i­cal psy­chol­o­gist and psy chother­a­pist Gauri Raut said: “It may be pos­si­ble he was un­der the in­flu­ence of drugs or al­co­hol Nor­mally, a per­son would buy time be­tween the killings and then re­alise the na­ture of the of­fence.”

Raut, who has been prac­tis ing for more than 15 years, said there would have been sub­tle signs of de­pres­sion which Has­nain Warekar’s fam­ily may have missed. “There are lots of signs to iden­tify poor men­tal health but many a times these are sub­tle and can be missed In de­pres­sion, the way a per­son talks is dif­fer­ent; he would make state­ments like ‘I want to give up ev­ery­thing’,” added Raut.

Psy­cho­log­i­cal ex­perts said one of the com­mon symp­toms is ma­te­rial de­tach­ment. For in­stance, a per­son starts giv­ing up his be­long­ings to oth­ers. A per­son also with­draws from ac­tiv­i­ties he once loved.

Crim­i­nol­o­gist Vi­jay Ragha­van said, “There are so many crimes com­mit­ted in a fit of rage. There may be a long-pend­ing dis­pute or stress. Un­less we know what trig­gered and the cir­cum­stances

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