Govindachamy – a case history

 

“… the criminal and the psychopath, far from being free agents who voluntarily and schemingly undertake a life of crime for personal gain, are often helpless victims of constitutional, psychological, and sociological factors over which they have little control” [James D. Page, Abnormal Psychology].

A year ago, a man called Govindachamy pushed a young girl out of a running train and then raped her after hitting her head with a stone to unconsciousness.  I wrote a blog about it then: A Drop of Tear For You, Soumya.  Now the Malayala Manorama newspaper has gone all the way to find out the history of this criminal called Govindachamy.  The Manorama did a sting operation of a different kind. 

According to the report published by the newspaper, Govindachamy is the second son of a soldier in the Indian army.  The family lived in a place called Aivatukudi in Tamil Nadu. The father sold the entire family property a few years after retiring from the army because of his alcoholism.  The soldier-father was a terror in the neighbourhood.  His drinking soon made him a thief.  They shifted from their ancestral place to another place called Samatvapuram, near Kuttakudi railway station.  The male members of the family, father and two sons, mastered the art of stealing from the railway passengers. 

Thus the soldier of the Indian army who is supposed to protect us, the citizens, from the enemy became a thief and converted his sons too into thieves. 

The mother of the family, the soldier’s wife, became mad and eventually died in a motor accident while roaming the streets.  The ‘soldier’ too died, killed in a motor accident.

The Manorama newspaper also published a letter written by Govindachamy to his elder brother from the jail in which he claims that he would certainly escape the gallows though the law had condemned him to death.  “If you live, you should live bravely,” advises Govindachamy in the letter written in exquisite handwriting.  The handwriting, whose photo is reproduced by the newspaper, reveals extreme self-confidence.

Psychology says that a person’s character is fully moulded in the first three or four years of his/her life.  It is the parents who mould it.  Little can be done after that as far as attitudes are concerned, though peer and community influences can influence the child to some extent.  Ultimately, it is up to the parents to decide which community their child will live in and what kind of relationships he/she keeps with peers, and what kind of education he/she will receive.  A soldier in the Indian Army could have certainly provided better social environment to his children if he wanted.  The fact that his wife died on the road as a lunatic speaks volumes about the soldier (and, I hope, not about all ‘patriots’).

The most unfortunate thing in life is to be born of parents who have no clear vision about life. Govindachamy is just a symbol of such a lineage, a lineage which is too common all over the world today.  A lineage which religious leaders are happy to exploit later to gain much advantage especially in financial terms.  Look at the earnings of the gurus, the missionaries, and the godmen and godwomen (whose species is becoming extinct now).

The Manorama newspaper also says that Govindachamy succeeded in his theft attempts because of the support he received from the railway officers. 

Yes, the environment boosts what one got from one’s parent(s).  Govindachamy got theft and crime in his genes from his father.  It was boosted by the Indian army’s quarters where, probably, his mother was prostituted with the help of his father. 

The Manorama newspaper also says that Govindachamy has links with very high officers.  The lawyer who came to plead for him is from Mumbai, a lawyer who charges high fees. 

Where do we (the ordinary people) go from Govindachamy and P or Q or S and other such people?   From religion that moulds our attitudes with which we contaminate our children?  From the society that remains criminal apparently irredeemably? 

Mould ourselves.  That’s the only answer.  Give up readymade answers.  Find our own answers. 

 

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16 Responses to Govindachamy – a case history

  1. You have rightly said Sir..

  2. S says:

    Matheikal Saar,

    So Govindachamy is BAD because his father user to be an Indian Army guy.

    Your article is so much like statistics ( or as they say bikini). Reveals so much but hides the real facts.

    “The Manorama newspaper also says that Govindachamy has links with very high officers. The lawyer who came to plead for him is from Mumbai, a lawyer who charges high fees.

    Where do we (the ordinary people) go from Govindachamy and P or Q or S and other such people? From religion that moulds our attitudes with which we contaminate our children? From the society that remains criminal apparently irredeemably? ”

    These statements looks exceedingly stupid.

    Instead read this news article
    http://www.deccanchronicle.com/channels/cities/kochi/funds-criminals-under-lens-674

    “Govindachamy is reportedly a member of “Akasha Paravakal”, an evangelist group, and had converted to Christianity taking the name of Charley Thomas. When he was arrested, Govindachamy initially identified himself as Charley.

    Hmmm so the Guy calls himself Charley , but no Our secular media likes only the Hindooo name of Govindachaami.

    “Investigators had found that Govindachamy, who used to beg for alms in trains, had lakhs of rupees in his bank account.

    The CB team is also probing whether Govinda-
    chamy had links with the ‘beggar mafia’ of South India.

    The CB initated a probe after Govindachamy’s counsel, Mr Aloor, revealed that he was paid `10 lakh for appearing in the case.”

    • matheikal says:

      You seem to be more of a crook than I imagined. I have based my entire blog on the Manorama article. I have given the link to the article too. Manorama’s print version carries the photo of the letter written by Govindachamy to his brother Subramaniam, all in the original names. The article also mentions how Subramaniam pays homage to his dead father by placing a quarter bottle of liquor in front of his photo every morning and then consuming it himself in the evening…. Read the article if you want more. And Manorama has promised to give us more about the Mumbai links of the criminal on Monday, tomorrow. All with photo evidence. If a newspaper can unearth so many details, why can’t your patriotic police do half or even a quarter?

  3. Raghuram Ekambaram says:

    “Govindachamy got theft and crime in his genes from his father.” This is exactly the kind of misspeaks that one should stay away from Matheikal, I am really constrained to point out. There are only a few, very few, human characteristics including heritable diseases (Huntington’s disease) that can be specifcally correlated to single genes. The sentence above has an element and level of genetic determinacy that cannot be substantiated.

    I am not nit picking here. The matter is serious because such misunderstandings have the potential to lead to atrocious things, like eugenics, social Darwinism and such.

    As it is, I have not developed any kind of fondness for pthe discipline of psychology yet (my bad) and hence I could gather this post only at a non-psychological level – the thing, I know, you did not want!

    RE

    • matheikal says:

      No, Raghuram, you are simply wrong. Psychology teaches the whole heritability business quite right. I’m just a student of psychology and I may go wrong in certain aspects while writing a blog (and not while writing a thesis or giving a lecture). Blogs are meant for ordinary people.
      Just an example of what my psychology textbook says: certain traits are indeed inherited from parents. For example, extraversion 36%, conscientiousness 28%, agreeableness 28%, neuroticism 31%… [Actually the percebtages are not really correct. The book mentions the rate of correlations between parent’s traits and children’s. I have just simplified it by convetrting them into percentage.]And these scientific details are taken from science, from people who claim to be scientists. As a person who works with the real problems of real people (and solving many of them successfully), I must say that I have not really paid much attention to these scientific details. I think science can only provide material luxury and not real understanding of human problems.
      I don’t think psychology is an answer to problems any more than religion is. But I’m trying my best.

  4. S says:

    Matheikal Saar,

    Your ‘civilism’ are all falling off. Calling me a crook or a liar is not going to help much.

    “If a newspaper can unearth so many details, why can’t your patriotic police do half or even a quarter?”

    BUT MM will never highlight the ‘conversion’ part. Isnt it?

    Are there any MM articles which suggest the role of “Aakaasha Paravakkal’ the evangelist organisations?

    “If a newspaper can unearth so many details, why can’t your patriotic police do half or even a quarter?”

    I have heard these kind of sentiments from ‘failed comrades’ and ‘successful missionaries.

    I don’t find it surprising coming from you.

    • matheikal says:

      I have a very simple question to ask you. Who the hell are you and what the hell you want from me? Give me one straight answer, ONE answer. CaN YOU?

  5. S says:

    @RE
    “I am not nit picking here. The matter is serious because such misunderstandings have the potential to lead to atrocious things, like eugenics, social Darwinism and such.”

    he was in a ‘too much’ hurry to make a connection to Indian Army.

    • matheikal says:

      There’s a Hindi saying which translates into more or less as: “Throw a stone into shit and shit falls back on you. I don’t want to throw the stone. Can you prove yourself? PROVE YOURSELF, you b…y s..t.

      All that i know is you write with a fraudulent email id:
      Sandeep5696969@gmail.com and your IP id is 82.178.114.149

      Anything more to say about yourself? Do say it.

  6. alka says:

    u have written a markable piece i must say,i think this is my first time here..and your post jus blew e away..loved it and the whole logic..very well said and i agree children are a reflection oh their parents..will be bak agn

  7. leopaw says:

    That’s just the tip of the iceberg and I think there are more of such personalities deep down. My teacher used to say ” no body is born a criminal. it’s when genetic predisposition exposed to familial circumstances and environmental triggers, one turn antisocial.” We are yet to find a soln at the genetic level, but we can always attempt to correct at the familial and environmental levels.

  8. christina says:

    well said sir.

  9. Aby John says:

    Akashaparavakal has no connection to govindachamy. After this rumor, they files a case against this.

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