Kannur becoming hotbed for revenge killings in name of love

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Kannur: The murder of Vishnupriya, a 23-year-old girl allegedly by her ex-lover at her house in Kannur, has opened the debate over recurring number of revenge killings associated with failed relationships. Kerala was shocked when Vishnupriya, a pharmacist, was hacked to death at her house near Panur in Kannur last Saturday.

However, Kannur has a past of revenge killings in the name of love.

On July 30 2021, Manasa, hailing from Kannur, was shot dead by her ex-lover Rakhil Raghuthaman. With the advancement of social media and dating apps, it is not uncommon for young people to meet online and fall in love. However, when such relationships fail, it often leads to one person taking revenge on the other. Such was the case here as well. Manasa met Rakhil through social media. Rakhil shot himself after killing Manasa when she rejected his love proposal.

Manasa was doing her house surgency at Indira Gandhi Dental College, Nellikuzhi, Kothamangalam, at the time of death. Her murder opened up the debate of increasing cases of revenge killings in Kannur.

Similarly, a few years back, Shafna, a student of Christ College in Thalassery, was murdered in the name of love.

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