Dalit man hacked to death 8 months after he married Thevar woman

Sankar, came from Kumaralingam village, near Udumalaipettai town. He married Kausalya some eight months ago, although her family was allegedly opposed to the marriage.

Written by Arun Janardhanan | Chennai | Updated: March 14, 2016 1:53 pm
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A 22-year-old engineering graduate from a Dalit family was hacked to death by three men on a motorbike at a busy junction in Udumalaipettai town of Tamil Nadu’s Tirupur district on Sunday afternoon, allegedly for marrying a woman from the Thevar community.

The Thevars are a dominant community in southern Tamil Nadu. The woman, Kausalya, 19, was also attacked and is admitted at a local hospital with multiple injuries. She is out of danger, the police said late Sunday evening.

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The deceased, Sankar, came from Kumaralingam village, near Udumalaipettai town. He married Kausalya some eight months ago, although her family was allegedly opposed to the marriage.

According to police, the assailants swooped down on Sankar and Kausalya with sickles on a crowded street near Udumalaipettai bus stop around 3 pm, minutes after the couple had come out of a shopping complex. Senior officers investigating the case have verified the image of the three assailants fleeing on a bike — it (picture above) is one of the many images and videos, shot by bystanders within moments of the attack, that have gone viral.

While police officials said a major search operation is under way, they were still to ascertain the identity of the assailants till late Sunday evening.

An officer involved in the probe said Sankar and Kausalya were both students of an engineering college near Pollachi in Coimbatore district. “Sankar was a final year student and Kausalya was in second year when they got married last year,” the officer said. “She comes from the Thevar community (and) her parents were opposed to the wedding. Kausalya had filed a complaint at the local police station against her father a few weeks ago, stating that he had been threatening them and insisting that she return home.”

The police had summoned her father and given him a warning, the officer said.

According to police, Sankar had multiple injuries, including a deep sickle gash on his neck. He was declared dead on arrival at the Coimbatore Medical College and Hospital.

“Kausalya also received severe injuries on the head. She is out of danger now,” according to an official in the office of DSP, Udumalaipettu, who is probing the case.

A senior officer at the office of Tirupur SP Saroj Kumar Thakur said: “Sankar’s family had been supporting the couple post-wedding; the couple lived with them. Kausalya was working at a local shop and had stopped going to college. On Sunday, they had gone to the nearest town for shopping when the attack took place.”

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    Abhinav Gour
    Mar 14, 2016 at 5:29 am
    Animals
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      vr
      Mar 14, 2016 at 10:46 am
      I guess u bhakts are from Stone age
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        vr
        Mar 14, 2016 at 10:51 am
        Oh really why don't u accuse ambani role in 2g who is now hand in glove with modi
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          Amit
          Mar 14, 2016 at 7:24 am
          Why caste is inserted in this murder. A man was killed that's it. My dog peed on this reported that's why he is such a mother rekcuf read backwords
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            Doctor
            Mar 13, 2016 at 8:53 pm
            Very sad. . Honour killings of all sort, should be dealt with iron hand.. Justice can't be done to the poor girl ..maximum punishment should be given to all those who are involved. But will it ever end?
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              Jithu
              Mar 16, 2016 at 5:10 pm
              The w country is corrupt from top to bottom... and we can never expect any change in this setup as long as we have this Corrupt system in place. Humanity is of no importance. No one fears law as its your rule if you have money, hold in administration of state, and people to vouch for you. This land needs to have the rule of UAE implimented for atleast few years... If you kill, you get killed in public and the fear fed into hearts of millions will refrain them from doing anything of this sort. Its not safe to live in INDIA... the land i love most. There is no law to protect the poor in this land but only to trouble the common people.
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                Srividya Jayaraman
                Mar 14, 2016 at 3:41 am
                Caste like Devar and Kounder does not belong Brahmin they are non Brahmins
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                  Mohammed Thaha
                  Mar 14, 2016 at 3:21 am
                  I think she married a Hindu, how come it's an outsider If she married a Christian or other religion u r right but here she married a hindu
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                    Amit
                    Mar 14, 2016 at 6:30 am
                    Another sickening reporting by Indian Express, Thevars may be a dominant community in Southern Tamil Nadu but they are recognized as the most backward community. IE has cleverly concealed this fact in their reporting. Once again they are trying to manufacture a tussle between forward and dalit caste.
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                      arun
                      Mar 14, 2016 at 7:37 am
                      In my humble request,people should stop this kind of incident which is not good thing,after you did this nothing happens two couples who are lost their life,if you have compromise they live their life soo happy,couples did mistake but they can recognize when they become a parents .
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                        anil
                        Mar 14, 2016 at 11:10 am
                        Not Bhakts,. Why others are silent. Let them go and fight the Thevars if they have guts. It is not Delhi JNU or Kannur or WB.
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                          anil
                          Mar 14, 2016 at 11:05 am
                          What has Brahminism got to do with this caste war. You cannot eliminate caste system as long as there are vote banks. Get rid off reservations to affluent people among the reserved. We have seen the well off among the SCs and STs themselves not wanting to marry their children among the poor in their own communities. Untouchability prevails because of the monetary status and not because of castes. The fashion of Brahmin bashing is outdated and people should stop this. It is more than 60 years since the system has changed for the benefit of the downtrodden.
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                            Moraen
                            Mar 14, 2016 at 6:26 am
                            This has nothing to do with Hinduism.
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                              arun
                              Mar 14, 2016 at 10:12 am
                              Such murders are regularly occurring. The core of the problem is with Manu's division as Brahmin, Kshatrya, Vysya and Sudra. The Thevars are the Kshatrya and the Dalits are the Sudra. The Kshatryas are unable to understand that those divisions were done over 1600 years ago and now all human beings are equal. How to make them understand ? Who will make them understand.
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                                arc
                                Mar 14, 2016 at 10:23 am
                                One more Dalit gone. How many more to go? The count is on at RSS hq in Nagpur.
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                                  arc
                                  Mar 14, 2016 at 10:02 am
                                  RSS smriti Irani and other chaddis are celebrating.
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                                    arc
                                    Mar 14, 2016 at 10:11 am
                                    RSS will honour the killers. modi Govt will give them padmashri. The father in law will get Bharat ratna.
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                                      arc
                                      Mar 14, 2016 at 1:12 pm
                                      @vasoo @sajeev @n Mahesh. Is sarcasm completely lost on you? You thought I was supporting this mindless heartless manuvad?
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                                        arun sridhar
                                        Mar 15, 2016 at 2:02 am
                                        All girls should follow their parent words,they are only god,role model,back bone,security for her..but here she filed a case against her father..so she s a very bad and worst girl
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                                          arun sridhar
                                          Mar 14, 2016 at 12:54 pm
                                          In my point of view,the girls who are studying in college should concentrate mind only on education this case,she discontinued studies and joined in a local shop...is this good???? Her parent paid lot of money for her studies,but she booked a case against her father..this s not good.some community student has FREE EDUCATION and SCHOLARSHIP.so they didn't know about value of education and money..so this type of mistakes are araising...
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                                            Arya
                                            Mar 15, 2016 at 3:36 am
                                            Where is congress and rahul hi gone now ,this boy is also from dalit ..
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