Father-in-law of Dalit Youth Hacked To Death Surrenders

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Following the death of a Dalit student in a suspected case of honour killing, his father-in-law has reportedly  surrendered before the Judicial Magistrate at Nilakottai in Dindigul district.  He, however, denied having played any role in the attack, police said.

A viral CCTV footage showed a gang of unidentified men armed with hatchets and sickles rode hacked 22-year-old Shankar in broad daylight into Udumalaipettai town in Tirupur district. The victim died en route to hospital. His wife was also wounded and admitted to the ICU.

According to media reports, the wife of the dalit man later told police that her family was responsible for the gruesome act. Sankar and his wife Kausala reportedly fell in love while studying in a private engineering college in Pollachi and few months ago they got married against the wishes of the girl’s family.

Kausalya is a member of the dominant Thevar caste. She blamed her family members for her husband’s death in a statement to police and  she also told the police that she had  complained about the threat from her family earlier. Demanding compensation of Rs. 10 lakh and a government job for Kausalya, relatives of the Shankar resorted to a road blockade for around five hours.