The pandemic has affected relationships between family members and friends.
With lockdown restrictions still in place, many are irritated and bored. Additionally, seeing the same set of people every day with no other interaction is disrupting peace and creating more trouble in families. One man was so tired of staying with the people he lived with that he chose prison over it.
According to The Guardian, a wanted man surrendered before Sussex police after he had enough of the people with whom he stayed with. With more time for the lockdown to end, the man thought it was wise to go to prison. As per the reports, the anonymous man voluntarily presented himself at Burgess Hill police station on 17 February 2021 hoping to get some “peace and quiet” in prison.
“Peace and quiet! Wanted male handed himself in to the team yesterday afternoon after informing us he would rather go back to prison than have to spend more time with the people he was living with! One in custody and heading back to prison to serve some further time on his own," wrote Insp Darren Taylor, of Sussex police on Twitter.
The authorities stated that the man who was “wanted on recall to prison" is on the way back to jail.
Studies conducted have shown how the pandemic has affected relationships within families and among friends. An Oxford University research showed that levels of stress, depression, and anxiety among parents ad caregivers have spiked due to the lockdown restrictions.
Research by the relationship support charity Relate found that about 23 percent of couples were facing issues in their relationship because of the pandemic. Many even concluded it was time to bid farewell to their relationships. As per the figures in July 2020, 18 percent between the ages 25 and 34 decided to call quits on their relationship.
Consequently, divorce rates and inquires pertaining to it soared during the pandemic. Additionally, divorced parents were battling with each other on children's custody breach issues during the lockdown. Some even wanted their ex-partners to be put in prison for breaking the custody arrangements.
Cover Image: Representational Image | Source: Getty Images (Photo by Caspar Benson)