The number of cops committing suicide in Karnataka is a pointer to the sorry state of affairs and the growing frustration which is pushing many to the wall. Head constable Annarao Saibanna Gamaga was a hard working policeman. He married a beautiful girl from his village. Both of them stayed in a house at police quarters. Annarao’s boss Sub-Inspector Sandeep was an arrogant and flirtatious officer. He did not treat his subordinates well. He had an eye on Annarao’s wife ever since he first saw her on the day of Annarao’s wedding. His house was in the neighbourhood of Annarao’s. Unlike other superior officers, Sandeep often invited Annarao to visit his home with his wife for dinner and to other get together parties. Annarao had noticed that Sandeep was trying to get closer to his wife by making jokes and giving unsolicited advises.
Sandeep denied Annarao any holidays. Annarao was tired of asking for leave so many times and had even madly protested once. Sandeep wanted Annarao and his wife to stay at the quarters all the time. Once Annarao wanted a fifteen days leave to arrange and look after his only sister’s wedding. He had to go to his native with his family for fifteen days. Annarao officially kept asking for leave two months well before the wedding date itself. But as expected Sandeep kept refusing him any leave. Annarao was withdrawn and mentally upset as his application for leave was not taken into serious consideration by Sandeep. Just before the scheduled day Annarao had to leave for his native, he once again finally asked Sandeep to grant him leave. Sandeep said that he would grant him leave provided he went alone to the marriage leaving behind his wife in the quarters. Annarao agitated, came back to his house, took his loaded rifle and shot himself dead.
Analyse Annarao’s and Sandeeps’s behaviour and explain how different would have been their behaviour had they possessed high emotional intelligence?
20 marks / 250 words.
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