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Passion crimes? Why do they happen?

05 April 2016, 16:32

Nairobi – Passion crimes… why do they happen? Forensic psychologist Dr. Oscar Githua discusses the matter with Citizen TV.

Githua was referring to a passion crime that occurred in September 2015 involving a 21-year old female, Kamande Wanjiru who stabbed her 24-year old boyfriend, Faridi Mohamed to death.

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The crime was committed over a message that was found from the deceased side piece phone.

Dr. Githua said that passion crimes happen when channels of communication between couples fail and the inability to handle conflict in relationships.

Dr. Githua said that couples previously had support from family and means in which to vent which is not so much of the case in these instances.

By keeping their keeping their relationships hidden they are isolating themselves from family which means they are not receiving guidance on how to navigate conflict.

Dr. Githua stated that passion crimes are more prevalent with men because of lack of communication skills resulting in physical fights.

A sociologist, Dr. Ken Ouko said that society definition of love is also misconstrued and is not the same anymore.

He also said young people who commit these crimes do not have the right guidance from their parents and society.

“In the old days you would meet at the market, exchange letters and keep reading them over and over, but these days with social media you are in touch every minute. That means if one gets distracted then the other becomes agitated,” Ouko said.



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