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Tirupur Dalit murder: ‘Kausalya wants to return to husband’s family’

A file picture of Shankar and Kausalya at the time of their wedding in 2015. Shankar, a Dalit, was hacked to death for marrying Ms. Kausalya , a caste Hindu.  

Kausalya, the caste Hindu wife of Dalit youth V. Shankar, the victim of ‘honour’ killing in Udumalpet, wants to return to her husband’s family once she is discharged from hospital, according to Puthiya Tamilagam leader K. Krishnasamy.

The Dalit party leader had met Kausalya at the Coimbatore Medical College Hospital, where she is undergoing treatment for injuries sustained during the attack by an armed gang allegedly hired by her father, who was opposed to her love marriage with Shankar. “She is physically improving but is mentally disturbed,” Mr Krishnasamy told journalists here on Thursday.

“Kausalya named a few of her relatives and held them responsible for the brutal incident,” he said and added the girl has evinced interest in returning to the boy’s family.

Stating that he has made repeated representations in the Tamil Nadu Assembly seeking a separate legislation to end to “honour” killings, he hoped that the State and Union Governments would at least now work on this without delay. He also suggested that the government should confiscate the property of persons involve in “honour” killings and expressed confidence that such measures would end such heinous crimes.

Mr. Krishnasamy urged the State government to provide jobs for Shankar’s wife and his brother. He also sought compensation of not less than Rs. 50 lakh for their family.

Meanwhile, hospital authorities said that Kausalya may remain in the ICU for a few more days despite her speedy recovery.

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