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Mass hysteria in Delhi

By spiralx in MLP
Wed May 23, 2001 at 12:38:49 AM EST
Tags: News (all tags)

Not only does Delhi already have a huge problem with monkeys running wild, residents are now running scared after a string of attacks by a mysterious monkey-man which have left at least 3 dead so far after over 65 apparent attacks.

Delhi police are baffled by the string of attacks and have stepped up patrols at night and on rooftops, the most common place for people have been attacked so far. However this has not stopped panic in the city, with vigilante mobs patrolling the city and attacking those suspected of being the monkey-man. One extremsist group belives that this is a sinister plot hatched by Pakistan, and a team of Hindu priests is organising services and prayers to appease the beast whilst the Indian Rationalists Association believe it is nothing more than a mass-delusion where people seeking attention inflict wounds upon themselves. The police believe it is a gang of troublemakers and have offered a reward of 50,000 rupees for information leading to its capture.

However this scare has had one benefit - a huge reduction in crime. Since the attacks started over a week ago, there have only been 6 recorded crimes in East Delhi where most of the attacks have taken place, compared to 50 for a similar period just before the attacks.


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o It's real 15%
o It's a wild monkey 5%
o It's a gang of youths 15%
o It's a sinister plot 5%
o It's a government conspiracy 10%
o It's aliens 19%
o It's a mass delusion 28%

Votes: 57
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Mass hysteria in Delhi | 28 comments (26 topical, 2 editorial, 0 hidden)
We might laugh at this (4.57 / 7) (#1)
by nobbystyles on Tue May 22, 2001 at 05:45:00 AM EST

But there have been similar instances of mass hysteria here in the 'sophisticated' west.

One thinks of Satanic child abuse andthe 'Beast' of Bodmin (a mysterious wild cat killing sheep on Bodmin moor in England).

Salem witch trials (4.75 / 4) (#3)
by spiralx on Tue May 22, 2001 at 05:50:04 AM EST

Another good example of this is the Salem witch trials, although I believe that they were fuelled by ergotism as much as anything else...

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A very good example also (4.66 / 3) (#4)
by nobbystyles on Tue May 22, 2001 at 06:28:10 AM EST

Is the UFO/Alien abduction thing in the US and to a lesser extent in the UK and other western countries. Perfect example of mass hysteria/delusion...

[ Parent ]
More! (4.00 / 1) (#14)
by pallex on Tue May 22, 2001 at 12:20:49 PM EST

"similar instances of mass hysteria here in the 'sophisticated' west"

The cult of Elvis/Diana
War on drugs
UFOs/Black helicopters/reptiles etc
Michael Jackson

etc etc.

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Linux. (none / 0) (#15)
by rebelcool on Tue May 22, 2001 at 01:15:27 PM EST

though not really a "run away!" hysteria, its still a pretty irrational hysteria.

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Beast of Bodmin (none / 0) (#24)
by Merekat on Wed May 23, 2001 at 05:46:52 AM EST

The BBC did a programme on that this week. They followed a self proclaimed cat expert (dayjob is as a milkman) and he showed his scrapbook of evidence. Then they brought in a Canadian big cat trapper, he looked at all the evidence and said 'dog' a lot. Needless to say, the milkman has not given up.

One of the alternative suggestions about the Beast was that as a result of the tightening up of laws regarding holding exotic animals as pets, some owners, rather than comply, released some big cats into the wild. But I'm not convinced they'd survive that well and that long.
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"Alien big cats" (none / 0) (#25)
by spiralx on Wed May 23, 2001 at 08:09:58 AM EST

One of the alternative suggestions about the Beast was that as a result of the tightening up of laws regarding holding exotic animals as pets, some owners, rather than comply, released some big cats into the wild. But I'm not convinced they'd survive that well and that long.

Couldn't really find much information on this apart from various bits and pieces from organisations who also look out for UFOs, the Loch Ness monster and so on, so no real hard data. There has been at least one lynx and one puma captured in the last 20 years or so, and sightings, but it's hard to say for definite.

Still, since big cats can roam for up to 700 miles, it's not inconceivable that there is a wild population somewhere.

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I live in Delhi! (3.55 / 9) (#2)
by AmberEyes on Tue May 22, 2001 at 05:47:18 AM EST

Well, Delhi township, in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA.

I laughed pretty damn hard at this. "Mass Hysteria In Delhi". We're the sleepiest damn place you could ever hope to go to.

Sucks for India, but heh, the title amused me.


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on a related note... (4.00 / 2) (#5)
by chopper on Tue May 22, 2001 at 09:03:55 AM EST

...every copy of Toots and the Maytals' album Monkey Man have been pulled from the shelves.

give a man a fish,he'll eat for a day

give a man religion and he'll starve to death while praying for a fish

i believe if they look hard enough (4.00 / 1) (#7)
by alprazolam on Tue May 22, 2001 at 09:55:05 AM EST

they'll find tweeter, and possibly jan, bill, and the undercover cop. you know sometimes i don't think about nothin but the monkey man.

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The real monkeys are a pain. (4.66 / 6) (#6)
by Anya on Tue May 22, 2001 at 09:06:55 AM EST

Apparantly they have been invading the parliament buildings and offices of Delhi, and some have been getting into top secret areas. An enterprising secret service would train some monkeys to steak top secret papers. At any rate they pose a real security risk.

In any case India is so full of superstition and varied beliefs that it is difficult to tell what is hapening - curiously, the Indian Rationalists Association might just be right. They do a splendid job otherwise, trying to get rid of medieval superstitions and practises (I know I wouldn't like to be a widow in India).

Stars, stars! And all eyes else dead coals.

Another Possible Reason (5.00 / 4) (#9)
by gametheory on Tue May 22, 2001 at 10:32:26 AM EST

Apparently, Delhi has been suffering from a long string of power outages/shortages. While I forget the newsfeed I heard it on, there was some conjecture that residents may be calling the police/reporting incidents, because they believe that the police would be forced to turn the power back on before they can conduct a search.

It will be interesting to see if this is resolved in some fashion, or if reports simply die down. Having seen interviews with some of the 'victims', I have to judge by their varying responses/descriptions that at least some of the residents are trying to get into the act, and making false reports.

Who can blame them, though. Folks get wierd in the presense of reporters and TV cameras.


Eeeks!!!! (1.85 / 7) (#10)
by slimy_snake on Tue May 22, 2001 at 10:35:52 AM EST

Defenitely a -1; it is stupid enough that people buy this trash and now we have sites like K5 discussing it.

I'd rather have seen a post on the horrendous case in which a school kid was arrested under the pornography act, by the crime branch of all people, for putting up a flame website.

What next? Search for the elusive yeti?

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Well then.... (5.00 / 2) (#12)
by Elkor on Tue May 22, 2001 at 11:53:36 AM EST

Write an article about it.

Or at least include a link in your post for those of us that haven't heard about this.

"I won't tell you how to love God if you don't tell me how to love myself."
-Margo Eve
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heh i was going to post something about this... (4.20 / 5) (#11)
by rebelcool on Tue May 22, 2001 at 11:41:07 AM EST

its so damn funny. Quoting CNN: "An angry crowd smashed one van when they suspected it was the monkey man's getaway car"

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All I've got to say.. (4.50 / 4) (#13)
by DeadBaby on Tue May 22, 2001 at 11:59:26 AM EST

Pray for mojo.
"Our planet is a lonely speck in the great enveloping cosmic dark. In our obscurity -- in all this vastness -- there is no hint that help will come from elsewhere to save us from ourselves. It is up to us." - Carl Sagan
You gotta feel sorry (4.00 / 4) (#16)
by alprazolam on Tue May 22, 2001 at 02:01:05 PM EST

for the lone 'monkey catcher' the city employs. His job is to try to trick the monkeys into cages and release them outside the city. I wonder if the police have contacted him about this case.

What brand of crack are you smoking? (1.00 / 2) (#19)
by SiLiCoN eYeS on Tue May 22, 2001 at 04:30:45 PM EST

Where did you get this statistic from? Please let me know. I'm very much interested in knowing how authentic it is. For now, I'll take it at face value and consider it bullshit.

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awareness of the world (3.00 / 1) (#21)
by alprazolam on Tue May 22, 2001 at 05:48:50 PM EST

outside of your own asshole...next time do the research yourself.

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I live in New Delhi... (4.83 / 6) (#18)
by SiLiCoN eYeS on Tue May 22, 2001 at 04:27:22 PM EST

And all I can say is, when you read this please keep in mind that most of these reports come from extremely backward areas of the capital, which are characterised by low education/health/income and high superstition. That said, the reports are accurate as far as somebody wearing a costume that makes him look like a monkey is concerned.

It is a shame that a matter like this is attracting as much coverage as it is, especially in the foreign media. Something like this would be buried in a matter of days, and the foreign (US/UK whatever) media wouldn't even notice, but because this is India, and because most people living in the developed world have an image of India as an impoverished, superstitious nation, the media has decided to feed their narcissism with such nonsense. I hang my head in shame when I see a person with a rational explanation being completely sidetracked for somebody who'd give a much more entertaining version of the same.

Bad mojo! (3.75 / 4) (#20)
by enani on Tue May 22, 2001 at 04:57:23 PM EST

That Mojo Jojo is such a naughty monkey! We need Bubbles to go there and teach him a lesson! He cannot keep on terrorizing all those poor innocent people!

--=* Moshi-moshi! *=--

I voted + 1 (FP) because... (4.00 / 2) (#22)
by Greggbert on Tue May 22, 2001 at 10:12:15 PM EST

Hey, it had monkeys in the story and everyone loves monkeys, right ?
If you don't understand anything that I have posted, please accept that I ate paste as a small child...
Marauding monkey-man menaces city (none / 0) (#23)
by Ming D. Merciless on Tue May 22, 2001 at 11:48:54 PM EST

You're right! Who could possibly ask for more?

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More than one Delhi... (none / 0) (#26)
by Volrath50 on Wed May 23, 2001 at 02:34:25 PM EST

Eek... I sure hope you meant New Delhi!! Ther is more than one Delhi. Infact I live in Delhi, Ontario, Canada and for a second I thought there were Monkeys out my door... But then again my 3 brothers would probably count as Ontario's Delhi monkeys....

Oh and Delhi, Ontario is pronounced Dell-High not Dell-ee.

People think I have the power... (none / 0) (#27)
by Mantrid on Mon May 28, 2001 at 03:48:26 PM EST

"People think I have the power because I got the monkeys. I've really got the power because I'll let the monkeys loose!" "Oh I figure I gotta let them loose some day..."

Attacks centered in a historicaly French area (none / 0) (#28)
by error 404 on Wed May 30, 2001 at 01:25:41 PM EST

Specificaly, near the Rue Morgue.
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