On Friday morning, the gangster Vikas Dubey wanted for killing of 8 policemen in Kanpur was shot down in an encounter after he reportedly tried to flee when a car in the Special Task Force(STF) taking him from Madhya Pradesh’s Ujjain to Uttar Pradesh overturned in Kanpur.
According to the police, after the vehicle ferrying Vikas Dubey met with an accident and overturned, the gangster tried to flee and snatched a pistol from the cop who was accompanying him.
As the news of Gangster Vikas Dubey’s encounter took all over the new channel and social media. Indian have been googling to see photos of the encounter that killed him. What’s even more creepy is that Indians are eagerly waiting for photos of his dead body after the encounter.
Vikas Dubey was a notorious gangster, a criminal but what we all are lacking right now is the sensitivity.
A few weeks ago, when Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput died by suicide in Mumbai, social media was flooded with photos of his dead body allegedly taken at his home. Real or fake, the fact that the photos were being shared over and over again offered an insight into the disturbing way human minds work.
Why does anyone want or need to see a photo of of a dead body?
A study published in 2005 on the “privacy of death” speaks about the voyeuristic pleasure and sadism that often provokes individuals to seek out visuals of death and gory crime. Voyeurism, in psychology, is classified as a paraphilic disorder — where one deserves a form of sexual pleasure and satisfaction from viewing or spying on others’ private and vulnerable moments.
Another study published in 2010 attempts to understand why an individual may demonstrate such personality traits, which includes sensation-seeking often combined with aggression. According to the researchers, such individuals would be more likely to consume content that satisfies their needs to watch observe the lives of others. In short, it refers to seeking stimulation by visual means. The sensationalism and excitement that the individual may feel while watching such photos, which others might consider disturbing, would increase psychological arousal in them.
The question you all need to ask yourself is are you a sadist?
As research shows, another very probable and very scary reason could be a sadistic pleasure derived from watching another human being, lying dead, exposed and vulnerable.
Who was Vikas Dubey?
Vikas Dubey was gangster and a prime accused in some 60 criminal cases in his lifetime, including murders. In 2001, Dubey allegedly shot down a BJP leader Santosh Shukla, after chasing him inside the Shivli police station in Kanpur Dehat. He was named in the FIR and had surrendered after six months but was acquitted four years later. Almost everyone gave statements in the gangster’s favour.
Vikas Dubey History
When he was 20-years-old, Dubey was first dragged to the police station after he had beaten some men from another caste for allegedly insulting his father. However, local heavyweights intervened and got him released, without a case being registered.