well the recent much publicised case, about Noida killings has actually shook the nation, bringing to light the existence of people with abnormal intentions and mindsets and their existence in our society. Ofcourse, serial killers are not new in Indian history - right from the Mumbai serial killer, whose case is yet to be solved by Mumbai Police, or the Pardhi case - the youngest serial killer in the country, or Charles Shobhraj- they have always captured the country's imagination and press coverage alike.
Yet, the awareness or rather the attitude towards such people is rather indifferent. The previous month's edition of Readers' Digest mentioned a survey that found that almost 1% of the world population do not have any conscience- yes so most of us would have known atleast one psychopath in our lives, at some point of time! This just makes one wonder, how can one protet oneself from such people, and whether such protection is , well, actually possible!
Mostly, psychos aren't that different from u and me, in the sense, they donot actually look crazy....like mad people, but the way they think, is totally wierd, to say the least! And research says that its usually people with a bad, scarred childhood that end up like this, or worse, some kids, with perfectly normal childhood, may even be actual psychopaths, due to their mental mindset! i'm not talking about kids who are always into fist fights, but kids who poison their pet and watch it die, with absolutely no remorse, in them! (scary!!!!) Although there isn't a cure as such for this illness (what else can u call it???) there are some symptoms - firstly abnormal thoughts or intentions, actions that defy logic, to say the least, total loners or even people who might be very famous, but are so lost without this recognition and adulation.
The only safe way, is to trust your gut instinct - the sure shot way, that when u feel that something's wrong with a person, trust yourself, rather than what the person is making you believe! I also feel its high time, that unless a cure as such is found for it - self protection, alongwith more awareness about people around you, and about the happenings in general, are your only bet to protect yourself and your family from such people!!!