Love is now offiicially more fatal than terror, killing six times more Indians than terror attacks.
The official recorded reason for 38,585 murders and culpable homicide cases in the period between 2001 and 2015 has been attributed to love, against the 20,000 deaths
(including civilians and security forces) caused by terror attacks in the same period, said a report by The Times Of India.
In addition, government records also link love related deaths with 79,189 suicides and 2.6 lakh kidnapping cases where marriage was mentioned as the motive of abducting women.
Jilted lovers turning violent, despondent lovers killing themselves and cases of honour killing where outrage over a relationship that might not adhere to the social caste/class hierarchy are some reasons for the staggering number of deaths.
The report also adds that Andhra Pradesh, followed by Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu and Madhya Pradesh have witnessed the highest number of murder cases where love was the stated motive.
In suicides, West Bengal tops the list. In 14 years, it witnessed over 15,000 suicides caused by love affairs. The second highest was 9,405 suicides in Tamil Nadu for the 15-year-period, followed by Assam, Andhra Pradesh, Odisha and Madhya Pradesh, each with over 5,000 suicides. In 19 of the 35 states and United Territories, females outnumbered men when it came to suicides triggered by love affairs, though at the national level the numbers are similar, the report said.