In a sensational case of honour killing, Tamil Nadu's Tirupur Principal District and Sessions Court on Tuesday sentenced six persons to double death penalty for the daylight murder of 23-year-old dalit V Sankar who had married an upper caste woman. Chinnasamy's wife, Annalakshmi, her brother Pandithurai and a student Prasanna Kumar were acquitted by the court for want of evidence.
The court also sent a convict to life imprisonment and another accused involved in the murder got five years of jail term, The Indian Express reported.
Shankar and Kausalya were attacked in March 2016 in Udumalpet, around 540 km from here, after their inter-caste marriage.
Kausalya from the dominant caste Thevar fell in love with Shankar, a dalit boy and the couple got married despite opposition from Kausalya's family. Kausalya started to live with her husband at Komaralingam despite intimidation from her parents. The assailants fled the scene after attacking Shankar. A video footage of the chilling attack had gone viral triggering public outrage in the State. Kausalya blamed her family for the murder, alleging that she had been kidnapped by her family earlier as well but managed to escape. The verdict, she said, has infused in her confidence on the judiciary. Kausalya pointed out that though she has a different opinion on capital punishment she hoped that this order will serve as a deterrence to casteist forces from resorting to ruthless crimes in the future. She also sought police protection for her and Shankar's family.
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One of the accused also told the police that Chinnasamy chose to kill his daughter after he faced "embarrassment" at a marriage function due to her act.
The police had filed a charge sheet against the 11 persons, including her maternal uncle Pandidurai, running to 1,500 pages.
15 June, 2016: A total of nine accused detained under Goondas Act.
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