Mockery and mutilation

August 07, 2022

Indian Predator: The Butcher of Delhi is a newly released documentary

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ndian Predator is a new Netflix crime series by Ayesha Sood. A series of disfigured bodies and provocative notes outside Delhi prison left the police chasing after a carefully prepared executioner with resentment against the law, the state and the justice system. Indian Predator outlines the investigation concerning Chandrakant Jha, perhaps one of the deadliest serial killers in the nation’s history. He was sentenced in 2013 for three frightful killings committed between 2003 and 2007.

For nearly 10 years, the Butcher of Delhi threatened the core of India. He would tie up his victim’s arms and legs. He would then decapitate and eviscerate them. The Butcher would cleave and enclose the parts in newspapers straight off the press before dropping them off in western parts of the city. He eviscerated eight victims in nine years. Jha was careful to mislead the police so that they kept suspecting the wrong people for his crimes.

The Butcher even dropped some of his packets outside police headquarters with notes attached. The question about the actual number of his victims is relevant. Once the police started counting, the number climbed to forty. Director Ayesha Sood converses with all involved parties from the investigators on the case, Jha’s partners and social examiners to potential victims who got away and survived. Like most accounts of serial killers, there was a break where maybe the Butcher figured out how to stop killing. However, he dropped off one more victim in 2007, and the police were back to the task of finding him.

It takes viewers inside the mind of the killer and lets them see its twisted workings. The producers investigate each letter so you can hear each unfeeling and ethically corrupt word.

There are 22 dialects spoken in Delhi alone and north of 19,500 dialects across the nation. Where the documentary vacillates is the really horrifying re-enactments. They appear to be created and, surprisingly, eased back to occupy time.

However, you cannot question the gripping idea of the story. What makes Indian Predator: The Butcher of Delhi convincing is what the best crime documentaries do. It takes the viewers inside the mind of the killer and lets them see its twisted workings. The producers investigated each letter so that one can hear each unfeeling and corrupt word. The documentary also manages to portray the experience of an escaped potential victim who likely got away from by playing a game with Jha.

Based on the observation of genuine crime stories, officials and social specialists map out the explanations behind such activities. The childhood trauma and injury Jha endured are recorded as really terrible. This without a doubt prompted his psychopathic way of behaving. This is featured through records of his insubordination against authority figures. When caught, he volunteered to confess everything as long as the police would not torture him. This focuses on a well established dread that informed his criminal behaviour.

Sood keeps the viewer sufficiently focused on each of the three episodes. Indian Predator: The Butcher of Delhi is a fierce and interesting watch. However, there is too much cruelty on display for many viewers.

The author is currently studying English Literature at GCUL. He can be reached at

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