Ilavarasan’s father volunteers to get her married at his own expense

N. Divya, the woman at the centre of the tragic inter-caste marriage that ended with the death of Ilavarasan, is back home.

She returned to her house in her native village of Sellankottai around noon on Friday, nine months after her marriage on October 8 last year.

Divya and her mother N. Thenmozhi were escorted by the police as the Madras High Court has ordered the DGP to give her protection.

Police reinforcements were posted in adequate numbers in places inhabited by both Vanniyar and Dalit population, besides pickets close to the house of Divya.

A team of psychologists from Government Dharmapuri Medical College Hospital along with the Superintendent of Police Asra Garg and the Dharmapuri Revenue Divisional Officer P. Menaka visited Divya’s house on Saturday and counselled her as directed by the court.

Meanwhile, Ilavarasan’s father, T. Elango, told reporters at the Government Dharmapuri Medical College Hospital campus that he still treated Divya as his own daughter and said his family was willing to take care of her. Depending on Divya’s wish, Mr.Elangovan said he was ready to get her married again at his own expense.

He requested Divya to attend the funeral and urged the authorities to allow her. He reiterated the demand of Dalit forums for a second post-mortem, which, he said, was conducted hastily.

Meanwhile, the Ilavarasan case has been transferred to the Dharrmapuri District Police from Railway Police. D. Sampath Kumar, Deputy Superintendent of Police, Harur, has been chosen to head the investigations. Police sources told The Hindu that an order to this effect was issued by the Director General of Police K. Ramanujam on Saturday night.

Communist Party of India (Marxist) had urged the government to constitute a special investigation team to probe the case.

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