Periyar Stabbing : Swedes Injured

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Man stabs Swedish couple in Kerala


A 30-year-old man attacked a 55-year-old Swedish tourist and her husband with a large knife at the tourist resort of Thekkady in Idukki district on Saturday evening.

The attacker, Santosh, is understood to be mentally unstable. He has been arrested and remanded by a local court.

http://www.hindustantimes.com/news/1...0900020003.htm
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The culprit is a mentaly upset person and had tried to suicide last year.

Additional police presence has been ensured in all touristy places and as department of Police is under the same minister as tourism is, for sure some additional vigilance is expected.

An unfortunate incident that could have happened anywhere in the world, but hope that additional security and stuff does not spoil the experience for the tourists visiting Kerala.
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Originally Posted by sudheer The culprit is a mentaly upset person and had tried to suicide last year.

Additional police presence has been ensured in all touristy places and as department of Police is under the same miniter as tourism is, for sure some additional vigilance is expected.

An unfortunate incident that could have happened anywhere in the world, but hope that additional security and stuff does not spoil the experience for the tourists visiting Kerala.
Yes i feel it will just spoil the mood. As you said it is just an unfortunate incident. Even with heavy security forces i don't think we can avoid such things.

here is one blog talking about how the police deal unexpected thigns ha ha.. http://me-too-a-blogger.blogspot.com.../timepass.html
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Unhappy sad thing to happen !!

the stabbing incident that happened here at Kumarakom have shook the people of kerala. Kerala tourism & home minister have personally visited the swedish couple at a private hospital at kochi yesterday & conveyed the state govts grievences to the incident.
later he announced that the kerala govt will bear the whole cost of the treatment of the lady..meanwhile , he have instructed the authorities to steep up Security in all Tourist places throughout kerala..

I really hope that such incidents wont happen again..
take care everyone..
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Kerala tourism & home minister have personally visited the swedish couple at a private hospital at kochi yesterday & conveyed the state govts grievences to the incident.
Sometimes, when people rush up to speak to me, my wife says that what annoys her is that they wouldn't do it for a fellow Indian...
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my wife says that what annoys her is that they wouldn't do it for a fellow Indian...
She shouldn't feel so bad; they wouldn't harass a fellow Indian half as much either! ;-)
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How do you know anywhere in the world if some Cuckoo is in your proximity with a big knife? You don't. In India, you can get your space invaded more than anywhere else in the world. I find it best to put your Clint Eastwood game face on when visiting bazaars, markets, busy streets or suspect places.
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Nick.. a local getting stabbed would not be discussed here - right ? So there is sense for the minister to visit that unfortunate tourist, because it is treated by everyone as an exception.

While I believe this is a genuine case where the authorities had to go the extra mile, I remember of an incident in Kerala years back which was in simple words A** licking. A a guy was over staying the visa, and when immigration questioned at the airport, his girlfreind became hysterical and physically assaulted the immigration officers in the airport. Both were arrested.

Later, it was revealed that the girlfriend was a senior official in the department of tourism in New York City, and was accorded VIP treatment alongwith an immediate release from police custody. Ofcourse with visits from the tourism top notch officials.
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...ye gods
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Swedish Couple

Hello!

The couple flew back after treatment. Unfortunately, the lady was blind in her other eye and now she lost her vision in both eyes. How sad!!

The culprit was quoted as saying "It was my dream to injure a tourist with knife" I don't know what to say!

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What can you say... the guy is sick.

The sickness is, in many ways, as sad as the results. In any story like this there is always the tragedy of the perpetrator as well as the tragedy of the victim.

There is a debate over a proposed new law in UK at the moment. As things stand at the present time, a mentally ill person can be forcefully restrained in a hospital if he is likely to be a danger to himself or others but only if he is suffering from something treatable. Thus dangerous psychopaths (using the term loosely) are free until or unless they actually do something criminal.

Now the government want to remove that distinction, and, at first sight it seems like a no-brainer ---- but it seems there are arguments that make it a much tougher call than it appears.

The facilities available (free) to the mentally ill in UK leave something to be desired: I wonder what they are like in India.

This stabbing? Of course it could have happened anywhere in the world, but still, sympathy is nowhere near a big enough word for this poor woman and her family.
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Originally Posted by Nick-H The facilities available (free) to the mentally ill in UK leave something to be desired: I wonder what they are like in India.
My wife is a special education teacher.

A few years ago, at a centre attached to one of the top three Women's colleges in posh south bombay (where even today people will give their eye teeth for admission) she was aghast to discover teenage mentally ill children tied up to their chairs, as they were 'disruptive'.

One of the girls had become ill because her drunken father living in an exclusive apartment in posh Hanging gardens had put a pillow over her face as an infant, because she was a girl.

I subsequently paid him a visit, but thats another story.
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Originally Posted by Nick-H What can you say... the guy is sick.

The sickness is, in many ways, as sad as the results. In any story like this there is always the tragedy of the perpetrator as well as the tragedy of the victim.

There is a debate over a proposed new law in UK at the moment. As things stand at the present time, a mentally ill person can be forcefully restrained in a hospital if he is likely to be a danger to himself or others but only if he is suffering from something treatable. Thus dangerous psychopaths (using the term loosely) are free until or unless they actually do something criminal.

Now the government want to remove that distinction, and, at first sight it seems like a no-brainer ---- but it seems there are arguments that make it a much tougher call than it appears.

The facilities available (free) to the mentally ill in UK leave something to be desired: I wonder what they are like in India.

This stabbing? Of course it could have happened anywhere in the world, but still, sympathy is nowhere near a big enough word for this poor woman and her family.
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Mile End tube station has an awful history of 'person under a train' incidents, I can remember 5 in the last couple of years, it just happens to be next to a mental health unit.
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Yes, Steven, London can be a pretty bad place, I'm not surprised to hear about Mile End.

I have a friend who was treated very well and effectively, although he's never worked again. He managed to get straight into a hospital and to get the support and treatment he needed when he came out. Would that it could be that way for all.

Capt.... I think we'd all like to read your autobiography! You keep hinting at some pretty interesting adventures! But I'm sorry (but not surprised) to hear of the examples you give.
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Unfortunately, in most of India, everything from schizophrenia to autism to whatever is classed as 'mad'. This makes me mad :-)

A friend of mine here in Hyderabad can't get decent medical and other treatment for a schizophrenic son.. and this is the sixth largest city in the country, I think. We just don't do enough.

What do we tell that lady who lost her eyesight? I can't think of anything which would make sense.

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