Is it a sexual urge?
Kleptomania is defined by the dictionary as an irritable urge to steal when not accompanied by an economic motive or desire for financial gain. It’s said to be owing to an ungratified sexual desire according to a phalanx of sexologists who have been investigating the problem to kleptomania. Among them sexologists of renown from the US, Drs Contempt, Duboison and Letulle. Perhaps the greatest amount of light on this subject has been done by the late Dr Wilhelm Shekel. It was his firm belief that the root of kleptomaniacs does not recognise the sexual character of their deeds. The fetishists are aware that they steal for sexual reasons; but kleptomaniac is not wholly aware of the sexual nature of his or her conduct.
During the act of stealing the kleptomaniac experiences emotion like those of sexual excitement; excitement, a state of expectancy, anxiety or dread and finally, release of tension. In most cases the orgasm is lacking. Only in cases in which anxiety is capable of leading to a climax does the orgasm occur.
The kleptomaniac carries out his or her thefts in a more or less drowsy state, under the influence of impulsive urge. This person feels impelled to take hold of something forbidden. His or her stolen articles are usually endowed with mystic value, usually of a sexual nature known only to that person.
On 21 March 2017, one Abu Taleem of Bengaluru was seen wearing women’s underwear in a CCTV grab from the premises of the Maharani women’s College hostel in Bengaluru.
The complaint lodged by the inmates with the hostel that a man loitering around half-naked on the hostel premises with the warden Sumitra Devi. One complaint filed in September 2016 with the warden who in turn complained about this to the police but no action was taken by the police who excused themselves saying they were busy at that time owing to the eruption of the Cauveri water dispute. The case got momentum after the members of the legislature of House Committee on Prevention of Sexual Assault Against Women and Children headed by MLC V.S. Ugrappa visited the hostel and went through the CCTV footage that displayed the man walking around the hostel campus in women’s underwear. The legislator lost no time in taking action to find the maniac, doubtless a kleptomaniac.
Swastika Mukherjee, the beautiful Bengali actress, some time ago went to Singapore along with her boyfriend Suman Mukherjee, a national award winning actor, to attend the Darpan film festival. After the event, she went to a jewellery shop where she was allegedly caught shoplifting earrings. She certainly would be