When I first saw her, I couldn’t believe that she is under police custody, she has the most beautiful pair of blue eyes, black and curly long hair tucked neatly in a bun, I was assigned as her ‘psychiatrist’ on the court orders as they wanted to know is she ”mentally ill’ or not??!!
‘Tambe’ the constable was telling me about her case, she had committed a ‘series of murders,’ and when she was finally caught by the police she started acting all weird and this is how she ended up in this asylum.
Tambe was telling me details about ‘who‘ and ‘how‘ she killed the people, but I don’t know what happened to me I was just gazing directly into her eyes as she was looking into mine, she was sitting there on the chair quietly with her hand cuffed!!! Tambe kept blabbering about how dangerous she is and was warning me to stay safe but I couldn’t listen to a single word he said. Finally, he left the room, and then there was just the two of us.
It was not my first case like this, as, in my career ,I have dealt with many ‘criminals‘ but there was something about her that was making me ‘weak‘. I never believed in the “love at first sight” thing but today destiny had different plans, I guess.
We both sat there quiet and just gazing into each other’s eye for the next 5 minutes, had it not been the ‘handcuffs‘, the ‘asylum’s dark stained wall‘ and ‘tensed environment‘, I would have considered it as a ‘date‘.
When I felt that she was a little comfortable now, I started asking the questions.
“Hello Panchhi, that’s a beautiful name”.
She looked at me with such disbelief, maybe I was the one who has talked to her nicely after a long time, her tense expressions softened but she didn’t speak.
For another half an hour I tried hard to make her answer my questions but she didn’t speak a single word. I was getting exhausted.
At last, I said, “Panchhi, I am your doctor but you can consider me as your friend, see I just want to—“
“You’re a doctor” she exclaimed, I can see a sense of happiness in her eyes, “I thought you are one of these bad police uncles” she continued in her childish voice.
I was very relieved that she finally spoke and I concluded that maybe she has a special place for doctors!!! Now, this makes my work easy.
“Yes, Panchhi!! I am a doctor, you wanted to become a doctor too??”
“No my fiancee was a doctor” she exclaimed with joy but suddenly became sad and said “but he was a bad-bad man”
“Why Panchhi??!!, why he was a bad man” I inquired while looking at her records, she has killed her fiancee by stabbing him directly into his heart!!! I shivered for a while but continued to ask her the questions.
“Because he was trying to touch me badly and was hurting me” she started sobbing and in the next moment started laughing hysterically.
My eyes welled up a little, this poor girl has seen such a tough time in her life, she killed that monster in her self-defense, “but why did you killed the other 8 people whom you didn’t even know??!!” I inquired again.
“Do you know what is the meaning of Panchhi?” She asked me, completely avoiding my question.
I also let it go as I don’t want to be too harsh on her, “Panchhi means Bird” I replied.
“And bird always wants to be free, and not in any cage, a bird wants to fly happily and freely in the beautiful sky,” she said with a smile.
I also smiled back and nodded my head in a ‘yes!!’ I don’t know why but I was getting attracted to her.
“Can I draw a picture of bird on your arms please” she requested this with utter innocence.
“sure” and I handed over a pen to her and removed her handcuffs, though it was pretty risky as she could attack me with that pen, but look at her, who will say that she had committed 9 murders, “but why? The other 8 “. This question kept bothering me and on the other hand, she kept drawing.
“How’s it??” She inquired
“Beautiful Panchhi, beautiful bird” I replied.
“Ok so now I need to pee, close your eyes” she declared.
“No, no not here!!” I got embarrassed, I signaled the female constable to take her to the washroom. And started assembling my stuff and went back to the police chamber while my mind was completely occupied by her thoughts.
“She is so innocent Tambe, just like a child”, I said.
“No, she’s not!!” Senior inspector Vikas entered the chamber with a bundle of files in his hand and started showing me that and continued –
“Her fiancee who was a doctor used to molest her mentally and physically, which started to develop trauma in her mind, she begins to lose her senses!! One day his fiancee started to molest her again!!! She couldn’t bear it anymore and stabbed him again and again until he was dead. That day she finally laughed after so many days, she felt a sense of relief and joy in her newly found freedom, and then she started to enjoy killing people.”
“One more interesting thing which I noticed after going through this case is, she only kills ‘doctors’ as she thinks of them as ‘her fiancee’ and whoever is her next target is, ‘she draws a picture of a bird on that person’s arms as his fiancee used to have a tattoo of a bird on his arms and then stab them to death.”
A chill went down my spine, “draws w-w-what!!?!”, I stammered while looking at the bird’s picture on my arms.
“sir Panchhi escaped!!!” The female constable came running hurriedly, her forehead was bleeding.
“Escaped!!! What do you mean??? How??” Inspector Vikas almost screamed.
“Must be gone after her next target” Tambe exclaimed
“Who can be her new target??!!” Inspector Vikas muttered.
I showed the drawing on my arms to them, I could hardly speak, my whole body was trembling, my heart was pounding very fast and I can feel her words echoing in my ears that-
“bird always wants to be free, and not in any cage, a bird wants to fly happily and freely in the beautiful sky,”
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