The nationwide lock-down has created anxiety among the masses. Social distancing and the idea of stepping out of homes only when necessary has created more fear among the citizens of India. Recently, Rajesh a 28-year-old man hit his 21-year-old younger brother, Durgesh with a kitchen knife, ultimately leading to his death. The incident took place in the Pashupatinath Chawl in Poisar, Mumbai. According to Samta Nagar Police Department, Durgesh had been staying with his brother and his wife, after losing his job. One day Rajesh and his wife left their house together to get groceries, Durgesh who did not want them to step out of the house amidst the lockdown, got extremely upset due to the fear of contracting the virus, and upon their return got into an argument with Rajesh. The argument led to a tussle between the two brothers, and eventually the death of the younger brother. While Durgesh was immediately taken to the hospital, his injuries were so severe that he was declared dead before arrival by the doctor.Rajesh was booked under relevant section 302 of the Indian Penal code for the murder of his brother.
According to the psychologists the case was an example of the post-Impact phase of any disaster, in this case, the Corona Virus (COVID-19) crisis. Psychologist Dr. Harish Shetty said that individuals are facing a post-post-impact phase of a disaster which is in par with a riot or a flood. He stated, “In a riot, the enemy is a human being. In a flood, the enemy is nature. In this case the enemy is unknown. A lot of irritability and anger, love and anxiety, can come to the fore in the next few days. Especially the deprived and the marginalized are anxious about their very survival. It is critical to handle mental health sensitively and be as calm and composed as possible” (Mengle, 2020).
In a time like this, we urge you to reach out to us for whatever mental health support you require. We as an organization work for mental health awareness and to connect folks to the right kind of professional support as well as provide online peer counselling. Please feel free to reach out to us through email or social media. Staying strong and united and valuing our own mental and physical health is of utmost importance at this point.
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Naidu, J (2020). Coronavirus update: Mumbai man who went out during lockdown hit by pan by brother, dies: Police. Retrieved from: https://www.hindustantimes.com/mumbai-news/corona-brothers-fight-over-stepping-out-1-killed/story-ycElR49MxqrVWorEoE984N.html
Navalkar, P (2020). Mumbai Crime: Man kills brother after being questioned for stepping out despite lockdown. Retrieved from: https://www.freepressjournal.in/mumbai/mumbai-crime-man-kills-brother-after-being-questioned-for-stepping-out-despite-lockdown