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India: Intolerance to inter-caste marriages is ‘social engineering’ for electoral gains’

Thursday 30 March 2017, by siawi3

Source: http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/tp-tamilnadu/intolerance-to-inter-caste-marriages-is-social-engineering-for-electoral-gains/article17693311.ece

Staff Reporter

Dharmapuri March 28, 2017 00:00 IST
Updated: March 28, 2017 03:58 IST

Rising intolerance to inter-caste marriages was an extension of ‘social engineering’ by the caste-based parties and it reared its head every time there was an election to face, Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi (VCK) leader Thol.Thirumavalavan said here on Sunday.

Same strategy

“Prime Minister Narendra Modi deployed this ‘social engineering’ against Muslims (in Uttar Pradesh), by claiming to unite all Hindus under one fold. It’s the same strategy, when caste groups other than Dalits consolidate,” he said.

Addressing a State Conference against Honour Killings organised by the Women’s Liberation Front (Magalir Viduthalai Iyakkam) of the VCK, he spoke of the various incidents of honour killings, across the State.

“Many were dismissed as suicide by the police, even as evidence pointed to honour killings,” Mr. Thirumavalavan alleged.

Competing violence

The violence against young lovers was a competing violence, where one caste group claimed superiority over the other.

“The death of Illavarasan (in Dharmapuri) was followed by the killing of Gokulraj (in Namakkal). Each pointed to competing violence by different caste groups.”

No motive
There was no political motive for holding the conference in Dharmapuri, Mr.Thirumavalavan said.

“There are many Dharmapuris in the country, and just as foeticide, sexual violence, honour killings happen elsewhere in the country, they also happen here in Dharmapuri.”

According to the VCK leader, the communities wanted to live in harmony, but the leaders had led them astray.

“I have received as much love and affection from my beloved Vanniyar sisters and brothers, as I have from Dalits.”

Resolution

Earlier, he read out the single resolution of the conference that made a call for a legislation against honour killings and for the implementation of orders of Justice K. Kannan of Haryana High Court and Justice Ramasubramaniam of the Madras High Court.

The resolution demanded that the Law Commission’s draft law against honour killings be passed in Parliament.

The Commission clearly stated in the draft law that the Hindu Marriage Act did not forbid inter-caste, inter-subcaste, same-gothra marriage.