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India: Will the Hindu Right government fight the caste system?

Monday 21 March 2016, by siawi3


Letter to Shankar’s father: Marry sons to dalit girls only
TNN | Mar 20, 2016, 11.03 AM IST

Coimbatore: Murdered dalit youth Shankar’s father Velusamy received an anonymous threat letter from Onnipalayam village near Karamadai here on Friday, warning him to get his two other sons married "only to dalit women". Velusamy handed over the letter to Kumaralingam police station.

Meanwhile, another assailant, V Prasanna, 20, involved in the murder, from Neikkaranpatti in Palani surrendered before a judicial magistrate court at Nilakottai in Dindigul district.

Velusamy received the letter from an unidentified man named S Alauddin from Onnipalayam village. It claimed that Velusamy should remember that he hails from a lower caste and should allow his sons to study up to Class 5 only. "Your sons should become only cobblers and earn Rs 100 per day. You [Velusamy] have committed a mistake by allowing your sons to study in colleges. Your sons cannot become caste Hindus even if they study in colleges," the letter said.

"The family members of Kowsalya [wife of Shankar] had repeatedly approached your family to allow the girl to go with her parents. But you did not allow that. So, you have lost one son. Your other two other sons should marry dalit women only. The caste system cannot be abolished in India. If you do not take the issue very seriously, then you will be beheaded," the unidentified person claimed.

On Sunday, the newly -wed couple V Shankar, 22, and Kowsalya were returning home after some shopping. Shankar was brutally murdered in full public view at Udumalpet in Tirupur district, while Kowsalya was severely assaulted by a gang.

V Vignesh, the younger brother of Shankar, told media persons that already his family has been under threat. Now, people from non-dalit communities are sending threat letters. He has urged the police to protect his family.

Velusamy lodged a complaint with Kumaralingam police on Thursday. The police registered a case against the unknown person under Section 507 (criminal intimidation by an anonymous communication) of the Indian Penal Code. Kumaralingam police inspector Anbarasan said that a team of police visited Onnipalayam village and has started investigation. "We are gathering information about the threat letter," he said.

Prasanna has been remanded to judicial custody and lodged at a Borstal School at Melur in Madurai district.

MDMK general secretary Vaiko met Kowsalya at the trauma ward of Coimbatore Medical College and Hospital (CMCH) on Friday evening. "The accused should be punished severely. People of the state should fight against honour killing," he said.