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After Dalit boy's death, concerns over wife's safety

Source : PTI
Last Updated: Fri, Jul 05, 2013 18:12 hrs

Chennai: The Madras High Court on Friday ordered that adequate protection be given to the family of Divya, who married Ilavarasan, a Dalit boy whose body was found along a railway track at Dharmapuri on Thursday.

The marriage of Ilavarasan to Divya, a caste Hindu girl, had triggered anti-Dalit violence in three villages of Dharmapuri in November last.

His body was found along the railway track a day after the girl said she would never go back to him.

A division bench comprising Justice M Jaichandren and Justice M M Surderesh also suggested the counsel to ascertain whether Divya is willing to undergo counseling at Chennai.



A petition was filed by S Jimraj Milton, Chennai Branch Secretary of Human Rights Protection Centre, this morning seeking a direction to the state government to hand over to CBI the investigation into the death and to give sufficient protection to the family of Divya.

Vaigai, counsel for Milton, submitted that from 2010 as many as 1789 honour killings have taken place and the same should not be continued.

She said Divya has already lost her close relatives, including her father and husband. She may be blamed by the society for the happenings and she should not go to the extent of taking undesirable decisions and prayed with the bench to give full protection to Divya's family and order a CBI probe into the death of Ilavaraasan.

The bench orderd a respectable officer be deputed to ascertain the measures to be taken to provide sufficient security to the girl and her family members and for counselling for her, if necessary.

The state government should file a report in this regard on Monday, the bench said, directing the DGP to provide protection to Divya and her family, if not already provided.

The police officer appointed by the DGP for providing protection should also accompany with psychatrist while going to meet Divya and posted the matter to Monday.

Preserve Dalit boy's body till Tuesday: HC

The Madras High Court today directed the Tamil Nadu government to preserve till Tuesday the body of Dalit youth Ilavarasan, who was found dead along a railway track yesterday and to give his father a copy of the post mortem report along with the video graph of the procedure.

A division bench comprising Justices V Dhanapalan and C T Selvam gave the order on a mention by advocate Sankarasubbu who wanted a doctor of the choice of Ilavarasan's parents to be present in the team conducting the post-mortem.

Public Prosecutor Shanmugavelayutham said the four hour procedure was over by 11 AM, to which the lawyer objected and replied he had informed district Superintendent of Police that the matter would be taken up in court and was told the post-mortem would be taken up only at 1130 AM.

After the submissions,the judges directed the authorities concerned to preserve the body till Tuesday when they would hear the matter again.

The judges also said the post-mortem report and video graph should be handed over to the victim's father.

Earlier in the morning,a bench of Justices R Banumathi and T S Sivagnanam adjourned to July 19, a batch of PILs related to the anti-Dalit violence and arson and compensation package to victims.

Ilavarasan, whose marriage to the upper caste girl triggered anti-Dalit violence in three villages of the district in November last,was found dead along a railway track here yesterday, a day after his wife said she would never go back to him.

His death came barely hours after Divya said she would never go back to him and would live with her mother.

After appearing for a hearing in Madras High Court in a habeas corpus petition by her mother,the girl had said she had been under tremendous pressure all along and was unable to forget her father who committed suicide over her marriage.

Ilavarasan's death triggered tension in Naickenkottai village, where prohibitory orders have been clamped under Section 144 of CrPC. Armed personnel have been posted in sensitive areas, including that of caste Hindu localities, of Naickenkottai.

Samathuva Munnani activists held

Twelve activists of Samatuva Munnani were arrested today when they attempted to burn the effigy of PMK leader S Ramdoss, to protest the death of a Dalit youth Ilavarasan in Dharmapuri.

The agitators raised slogans against the PMK and its leaders and attempted to burn the effigy near District Court Complex and sought immediate inquiry into the incident, in which Ilavarasan's body was found near railway track yesterday, after his wife said whe would never go back to him.

However, all of them were taken into custody.

Plea for CBI probe into Ilavarasan's death in HC

A special mention was today made before Madras High Court seeking a CBI probe into the incident and police protection to his wife Divya.

Advocate Vaigai made the mention before Division Bench, comprising Justices M Jayachandran and M M Sundresh, which was hearing the Habeas Corpus petition of Divya.

The matter will be taken up later in the day.

Meanwhile, another petition by advocate Sankarasubbu sought to include a doctor of the choice of Ilavarasan's parents in the team who will conduct the post mortem on his body.

A Division Bench comprising Justices V Dhanapalan and C T Selvam will hear the matter later in the day.

Ilavarasan, whose marriage to an upper caste Hindu girl Divya triggered anti-Dalit violence in three villages of the district in November last, was found dead along a railway track here yesterday, a day after his wife said she would never go back to him.

His death triggered tension in Naickenkottai village with Dalit residents thronging Government Medical College hospital, where his body has been kept.

Police clamped Prohibitory orders under section 144 of CrPC and posted armed personnel in sensitive areas.

Political parties also demand proper probe into Dalit boy's death

Political parties in the state today expressed concern over the death of a Dalit boy, whose marriage to a higher caste girl triggered anti-Dalit violence in three villages of Dharmapuri district in November last, and demanded a proper probe into the matter.

CPI(M) expressed shock and grief over Ilavarasan's death, saying he had paid the price for getting married transcending caste with his life.

Party's state unit secretary G Ramakrishnan said the girl's decision to part ways with her husband should be seen as having been taken based on the "casteist/social compulsions" and that the death had posed many questions.

"Government and police should investigate the matter (his death) and find out the truth," he said in a statement.

MDMK leader Vaiko also expressed shock over Ilavarasan's death and said that his wife Divya's decision to end her relationship with him was prompted by the strains caused between two communities following their marriage.

He demanded a judicial probe into the death and steps to protect the girl.

BJP state unit president Pon.Radhakrishnan said that government should convene a meeting of heads of various communities to ensure social harmony and sought a probe into Ilavarasan's death.

Ilavarasan was found dead near a railway track on Thursday, a day after his wife had said she would never go back to him and would stay with her mother.

The incident had caused widespread anger in the state with social sites abuzz with sympathies to Ilavarasan and comments and opinions on the issue.

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