Functionaries visit parents of Ilavarasan and assure them of help

The All-India Democratic Women’s Association (AIDWA) will rescue N. Divya, the Dharmapuri girl, whose husband E. Ilavarasan died recently, from the clutches of caste outfits, if they were given access to meet and talk to her, AIDWA State president N. Amirtham said here on Monday.

The State-level leaders of AIDWA and those from neighbouring districts visited the parents of Ilavarasan waiting outside the mortuary (where the body is being preserved as per an order of the Madras High Court), consoled them and assured them of all possible help from the association.

After meeting the parents, Ms. Amirtham told reporters that AIDWA would seek adequate protection and compensation to the family of Ilavarasan and would also seek Chief Minister’s intervention in this regard.

The government and the police failed to save the inter-caste couple and the youth’s death, they said. Welcoming the appointment of an inquiry commission, Ms. Amirtham said the commission should go deep into the issue and unravel the truth behind the “conspiracy.”

AIDWA had demanded a CBI inquiry into the violence unleashed on three dalit colonies on November 7 last year, but the investigation was handed over to the CB-CID. The association strongly demanded that the State government hand over the investigation into Ilavarasan’s death to the CBI.

AIDWA also urged the State to consider granting priority to inter-caste couples in government jobs and loans for self-employment with subsidy, as it would encourage the emergence of a casteless society, Ms. Amirtham added. Meanwhile, V. Sampath, Deputy Superintendent of Police, Investigation Officer in the case, began his inquiry on Monday. He met the parents of Ilavarasan at the Dharmapuri Government Medical College campus, but they refused to speak and told the DSP to speak to their lawyers for any clarifications.

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