TN couple falls victim to ‘honour killing’ in Karnataka

Bodies recovered from the Cauvery in Mandya

November 16, 2018 11:26 pm | Updated November 17, 2018 08:08 am IST - Hosur/Mandya

Nandish and Swathi hailed from Shoolakondapalli village in Hosur in Tamil Nadu.

Nandish and Swathi hailed from Shoolakondapalli village in Hosur in Tamil Nadu.

Days after the bodies of a young couple were recovered from the Cauvery near Shivanasamudra, the Malavalli subdivision police on Friday said that it was a suspected case of “honour killing” for marrying in defiance of caste restrictions.

The police have detained three persons from the family of the deceased woman, of whom one is the father.

While the highly decomposed body of N. Nandish, 25, was recovered on November 14, wife S. Swathi’s body was recovered from the river the next day.

Nandish, an Adi Dravida boy, and Swathi, a Vanniyar girl — both hailing from Shoolakondapalli village in Bagalur here — eloped and married in a temple in Shoolagiri on August 15. They registered their marriage in September. Nandish and Swathi had moved out of Shoolakondapalli village and began their married life in Hosur town, where Nandish was employed in a timber mart.

Mandya Karnataka India 16_November_2018 : Photo of N. Nandish (26) of Shoolakondapalli near Hosur of Krishnagiri district in Tamil Nadu. Mr. Nandish and his wife S. Swathi (22) were murdered by Swathi’s family members near Shimsha of Mandya district on November 10, 2018. The case was solved on November 16, 2018.

Mandya Karnataka India 16_November_2018 : Photo of N. Nandish (26) of Shoolakondapalli near Hosur of Krishnagiri district in Tamil Nadu. Mr. Nandish and his wife S. Swathi (22) were murdered by Swathi’s family members near Shimsha of Mandya district on November 10, 2018. The case was solved on November 16, 2018.

 

In a complaint lodged with Hosur town police by Nandish’s brother, N. Shankar, on November 11, it was revealed that the couple went to buy clothes and visit a relative in a village in Hosur on November 10. But they never returned home. Mr. Shankar had lodged a complaint with Hosur town police after his search yielded no results. A ‘missing person’s’ case was registered on November 14 by the Hosur town police.

Meanwhile, the Mandya police found the body of Nandish in the Shivanasamudra river on November 13. Two days later, Swathi’s body surfaced. The Belakavadi police have registered cases under Sections 329 and 201 of the IPC. According to the police, the couple were kidnapped from Hosur and murdered in Mandya.

According to a preliminary investigation, the couple was assured that their marriage had been accepted by the girl’s family, and was told that a ceremony would be held as per the custom. This happened after they had traced the couple in Hosur. The police said they were abducted in a multi-utility vehicle and taken to Shimsha, strangled to death, and their bodies dumped in the river.

Mandya Karnataka India 16_November_2018 : Photo of S. Swathi (21) of Shoolakondapalli near Hosur of Krishnagiri district in Tamil Nadu. Ms. Swathi and her husband N. Nandish (26) were murdered by her family members near Shimsha of Mandya district on November 10, 2018. The case was solved on November 16, 2018.

Mandya Karnataka India 16_November_2018 : Photo of S. Swathi (21) of Shoolakondapalli near Hosur of Krishnagiri district in Tamil Nadu. Ms. Swathi and her husband N. Nandish (26) were murdered by her family members near Shimsha of Mandya district on November 10, 2018. The case was solved on November 16, 2018.

The photographs shared by the police narrate a tale of extreme violence against the couple during their final hours.

Nandish was an ardent follower of B.R. Ambedkar and would wear clothes with Ambedkar’s picture on them. This helped the police identity the victim.

Swathi herself had filed a complaint stating that if anything happened to her, her relatives should be held responsible, claimed Munraj, a cousin of Nandish. Munraj also shared with The Hindu a message that was last sent by Nandish as an SOS to his employer at 2.15 a.m on November 11. It read: “Anna kidnap Kanakapura.”

Swathi’s father Srinivasan, her uncles Venkatesh, Ashwathappa, a relative Krishnan, cousin Venkatraj and Samyanathan, a driver, have been named accused in the murder. Incidentally, Swathi's father is a Vanniyar and mother belongs to the Valmiki Naidu caste. In the wake of the murders, a police force has been deployed in Shoolakondapalli village where the majority of the population are Vanniyars.

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