Tamil Nadu: In what is suspected to be a case of honour-killing, a 21-year-old Dalit man, Sankar, was allegedly murdered by his caste-Hindu wife’s relatives in Udumalaipettai in Tiruppur on Sunday afternoon. He died on the way to the Coimbatore Government Hospital reported The News Minute.
While the police investigation is still under process, it is learned that Sankar got married to Gowsalya eight months ago. While Sankar was from Udumalaipettai, it is reported that the girl hailed from Palani and belonged to an influential community. Sankar was reportedly a final year engineering student at PA College of Engineering in Pollachi. Gowsalya was pursuing BSc in Computer Science at a college in Udumalpet.
The caste-Hindu girl, 19-year-old Gowsalya, was also severely injured in the incident. The assailants were caught on camera, and the images of the three of them on a bike with sickles in hand are doing the rounds on social media. The News Minute has uploaded the CC TV footage, however the authenticity of the images was not confirmed till the time of uploading.
The horrific incident happened when the couple went out for shopping on Sunday afternoon. The police have formed a special team to nab the suspects.
Talking to The News Minute, Ganeshan, Sankar’s cousin said, “We are pallars, also known as devendra kula vellalars. The girl is from a higher caste. The girl’s family was unhappy initially with the wedding, and they even came and threatened her 15 days ago, but the girl did not go back.”
He added, “We suspect that they were hacked due to the inter-caste marriage.”
Veluchamy, Sankar’s father, works as a coolie. He said, “The girl’s family have been repeatedly threatening to kill Sankar. They tried to kill him two to three months back also. This is the third attempt.”
“There was no money with the father to even take a bus to Coimbatore. He has borrowed money to come now,” said Ganeshan.