On July 1, 2018, 11 members of a family—two men, seven women, and two children—were discovered hanging in the living room of their home in Delhi’s Burari neighbourhood.
Social media videos and images that went viral shook the country: 11 members are dangling from the roof, their necks wrapped in colourful dupattas, their hands and legs bound with wire, blindfolded, gagged, and their ears stuffed with cotton. It was surreal, almost like something out of a crime thriller.
The case made national headlines for weeks. After the crime branch took the case. For months, authorities couldn’t figure out why an educated and functional family committed suicide in what appeared to be a well-planned, meticulously planned event.
Reports “House of Secrets”
According to reports, the agencies considered several theories, including murder. Firstly, the CCTV footage revealed that no outsider had entered the house in the 24 hours preceding the crime. So the case was eventually closed. Moreover, leaving a trail of unanswered questions. On October 8, Netflix released House of Secrets: The Burari Deaths, a docu-series directed by Leena Yadav of Parched (2015) and Rajma Chawal (2018) fame.
Yadav’s docu-series, which consists of three 45-minute episodes, walks viewers through the crime and the various theories surrounding it without sensationalising the issue. The series does highlight the “absurdity,” “shock-value,” and “bizarreness” of the entire “operation” through expert testimony, crime reporters, law enforcement officials, psychiatrists, doctors who performed the autopsies, and other key sources. Even if one is familiar with the case and the narrative is engrossing.
According to the investigation. Lalit started the incident, who was the youngest and most mentally ill son. Who demanded the complete surrender of the other family members, including two 15-year-old boys and two 25-year-old women. Handwritten notes were found in the house.
The family hung themselves from an iron grill attached to the roof after he ordered them to perform a ‘badd puja,’ a religious ceremony invoking a banyan tree. The suicides occurred just 14 days after one of the daughters, Priyanka. An MBA graduate was engaged. Members of the family were partying and enjoying They were on the rise and had a strong social media presence.
Series recreated by archival media footage. And the impact is chilling as a result of a compelling screenplay. By the end of the series. You are going to get goosebumps The drawback is that there is no sense of accomplishment. Despite the fact that a panel of experts examines Lalit’s psychology. Then answers as a result of the family dynamics.
The Burari Deaths in House of Secrets
Netflix has it available.