Vishakapatnam: A jilted lover attacked a girl with a blade and later attempted to kill himself by slitting his throat at Thomson street under one-town police station limits in Vizag city on Wednesday. The reason being the girl's family refused his marriage proposal.
The 20-year-old victim Makina Sai Eswara Priyanka was attacked in her home by accused Addipalli Srikanth (23). Priyanka and Srikanth are neighbours. Deputy Commissioner of Police (Law and Order) Aishwarya Rastogi said, the two families of Priyanka and Srikanth have been neighbours for more than 25 years and live in the same block. 'Srikanth has proposed for the marriage however the girl's parents refused to the marriage proposal citing various reasons. The girl had broken off with the accused sometime back' said the DCP.
Though Srikanth threatened the girl at few occasions, the police didn't receive any complaint from the victim's side. 'Srikanth developed grudge on her. On Wednesday morning, He went to the girl's house and slit her throat with a blade and later attempted to slit his throat. Injured Priyanka was rushed to a nearby hospital and her condition is said to be stable. While the accused also suffered minor injuries' the cop added.
The DCP said that a case has been registered against the accused under Sections 307, 452, 354-A, 354-D and 309 of IPC. The investigation was endorsed to ACP, Disha Police Station, Prem Kajal, who visited the crime spot and examined the key witnesses.
It is to note that this is not a stand alone incident, A slew of crimes against women in the name of love over the past few weeks has sent shockwaves across Andhra Pradesh. The use of acids, knives, and petrol in these crimes has become disconcertingly common.
In an earlier incident reported in Vizag city, the body of a 17-year-old girl was found with her throat slit at Gajuwaka. She was reportedly killed by a jilted lover. The incident has once again exposed how girls become victims in the name of love. This is the third such incident in Andhra Pradesh in less than three weeks.
In another,17-year-old girl, Varalakshmi, had recently cleared her intermediate exams and was planning to join an undergraduate course. The accused, 21-year-old Akhil Sai, is a law student in a university in Vizag. Both knew each other and Akhil was unhappy that Varalakshmi had become friends with another boy. According to the police, Akhil decided to take revenge and kill her. While the girl was returning from a temple, Akhil entered into a heated argument with her and he slit her throat with a small knife. Varalakshmi was found bleeding heavily. The police have reportedly taken Akhil and another youth into custody in connection with the murder.
Two similar incidents were reported in Vijayawada city earlier. A 24-year-old nurse Chinnari was set afire by a jilted lover Nagabhushanam on 12 October and on 15 October a 20-year-old engineering student was stabbed in her neck inside her house by a man who was allegedly in a relationship with her earlier. While in the first case the perpetrator, Nagabhushanam, also succumbed to the burn injuries, the offender in the second case is undergoing treatment at a hospital for alleged self-inflicted knife injuries. The nurse Chinnari and Nagabhushanam were reportedly in a relationship for a few years. The two broke up some time back. On 5 October, the two got into an argument and she lodged a complaint with the police but withdrew it later when the man promised not to bother her again.
However, on 12 October he set her on fire, killing her while he sustained burn injuries. The 20-year-old engineering student Chinni Tejaswini was stabbed to death by Nagendra Babu at her house at Christurajapuram in the heart of Vijayawada city. After stabbing her, he tried to end his life. Meanwhile, the family members of the accused alleged that Nagendra Babu and Tejaswini had secretly married but the girl's parents were opposed to their marriage.
According to the NCRB 2019 data, in Andhra Pradesh at least one murder in two days were sparked either due to an illicit relationship or a love affair. The data said 164 murders were reported due to illicit relationships and 23 murders were reported due to love affairs in the state in 2019 and majority of the victims were women and girls.