The photograph on the front pages said everything and said nothing. Sanjeev Chada, who killed his two sons, is leaving Swinford courthouse after being charged with the murder of his children. The ligature mark is on his neck, and his eyes show something, some glimmer of the dark and lonely place his mind must now be. Is it possible to ever understand how dark and painful this man’s world has become?
Some people have said there is no excuse for what he did. Of course there is no excuse. We cannot excuse it, and even though we cannot understand it, we must have compassion, for compassion is the one quality that sets us apart from all other species on earth.
We are animals with minds that we can never fully understand and we are in a mystery that can only be possibly solved by it’s end.
The end for Eoghan and Ruairi Chada, the two boys found dead in the boot of their father’s crashed car at Westport was as mysterious as it was tragic.
Why Westport, people asked. Their father Sanjeev had no connections there. “Nobody can understand why Westport”.We will never really understand why those boys were killed because it is impossible to ever really know what makes somebody’s mental world. We can only know what people tell us in words or signs. A mental health forum has been set up in Dundalk to bring together voluntary groups, clergy, gardai and young people who are concerned with mental health problems and trying to see the danger signs before it is too late. They are trying to do something compassionate.