Bizarre Attraction towards Darkness

The following article is based on my own interpretation of the said events. Any material borrowed from published and unpublished sources has been appropriately referenced. I will bear the sole responsibility for anything that is found to have been copied or misappropriated or misrepresented in the following post.

Saurav Thakur, EMBA 2015-18, Vinod Gupta School of Management, IIT Kharagpur

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Some breaking news of the recent days :
• Former engineer Parha De preserving and living with his sister’s skeleton for six months.
• Indrani Mukherjea is arrested for the murder of Sheena Bora, who had been introduced to Mumbai society as the socialite’s “sister” but turned out to be the daughter.
• Bank manager Samaresh Sarkar throws four suitcases containing the body parts of his alleged lover and her five-year-old daughter into the Hooghly from a boat.

HORROR SELLS – the coverage of these violent crime stories in the recent newspapers proves the fact. All though common sense would suggest that the news of a mother killing her own daughter, a brother living with his sister’s skeleton would normally sicken people. But this is where common perceptions differ from mass reactions.
Don’t feel bad if you like following these crime stories. Through seeing/reading about such incidents we want to experience it without facing the consequences. We enjoy these stories for the same reasons we go to horror movies and roller coasters: to feel the thrill of fear. To get the adrenaline rush of a dangerous situation without the risk of actual danger.

Does this instinct of human beings make us all criminals? Certainly not. We live in a condition of secrecy: secret desires, secret appetites, secret hatreds. Every ordinary human beings has some dark impulses. But a criminal translates these dark impulses into dark actions.

Human beings, both in their cruelty and their ability to be fascinated by that cruelty, remain a puzzle.

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