Tamil Nadu

A clear case of ‘honour killing,’ confirm police

There was a proof now that the ‘suicide’ of a 17-year-old girl here was actually a cold blooded act of honour killing, said the police and claimed that they had detained four youths.

The youths, who were members of Puthendal Grama Ilaignar Sangam, had beaten the girl to the death for falling in love with M. Saravana Pandian (22), a Dalit youth, the police said.

When the girl, studying Plus Two, invited Pandian to visit her home on November 16, the youths held him in the village and handed him over to the police after thrashing him. After police arrested him based on a complaint lodged by the girl’s mother, the youths beat up the girl violently.

Later, the village committee met on November 21 and threatened to ostracise the family. The girl’s mother too beat her up for bringing disrepute to the family and community. The version that circulated was the girl had attempted to commit suicide by hanging but was saved by her mother. She, however, succumbed to her injuries the next day.

The post-mortem report said her lungs were congested and larynx collapsed and congested. “It is a clear case of murder and she had succumbed to the internal injuries she had suffered when the youths beat her up,” a senior police officer who interrogated the youths told The Hindu on Thursday.

The police also interrogated the girl’s mother and accused her of destroying the evidence. The case was being altered from 174 Cr PC (suspicious death) to 302 IPC (murder), the police officer said.

Pandian, a Class VII drop out, was a native of Vannikudi village and worked as a tractor driver.

The girl was beaten to death by four youths for falling in love with a Dalit youth

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