Honor Killings in the recent past in Tamil Nadu


Honor Killings have been an inherited culture and accepted ‘crime’ amongst few casteist groups  of Northern and Eastern India, now this killing culture seem to be on rise in Tamil Nadu as well.

Recently Reported Incidents:

Incident 1:

1.  11.111.2012 in Villupuram – a vilage by name Pallinellinoor.  Here a Pariyar girl and an Arunthathiyar boy fell in love. The girl and the boy have been in love for over 8 years. They seem to have done register marriage and lived separately in their respective houses on account of fear and acceptance.  When the girl’s family know about this marriage they have expressed sever opposition for marrying a ‘low caste boy’. So they tried getting the girl married to another boy, as the girl resisted, parents seem to have asked her to call for the boy to ‘honor’ the love and marriage officially. The girl has conveyed this to her husband and went to sleep. It is reported that the parents of the girl killed her by thrusting a pillow on her month and next day burned her body.

The next day when her husband heard the news and went to collect the body they rejected and burnt the body without any postmortem. Angered husband gave a complaint to the police station, the police as usual did not file FIR, rather he started getting threatening phone calls from Pariyars in the village. Scared for his life he and his family left the village, however the Pariyars in the village has beaten the husbands uncle for not withdrawing the complaint and the uncle has been missing for some time and no trace of him.

source: 

Incident 2: 

Eettiyampatti Village, near Dharmapuri District – a boy by name muthalaiyan belongs to Arunthathiyar Caste and a girl by name Dhanalakshmi belong to Pariyar Caste. Both have been in love and did register marriage. The girls family could not bear their girl marriying a ‘low caste’ boy hen they have threatened the entire 18 families living in and around the village. It is reported that entire arunthathiyar community have vaccated the village and is hiding out..

The news is said to be reported in  Junior Vikatan 2.3.2011 dated issue.

Incident 3:

Chennai: After Haryana, a case of honour killing came to light in Tamil Nadu. A 21-year-old woman was brutally murdered by her father and relatives in Tirupur district as she married a Dalit youth. Sripriya, who belonged to the backward Kallar community, had fallen in love with A Badhrakali, a Dalit, while she was doing an internship for B.Ed. The couple eloped and got married in Salem on Sept

ember 29. Police say Sripriya’s father Srinivasan and two relatives came to Madathukulam, near Udumalpet in Tirupur, on Wednesday. Srinivasan asked Sripriya, who was staying with Badhrakali’s sister in Madathukulam, to come to Trichi to visit her ailing mother. “She refused and told them she would decide after her husband returned home. The trio left quietly,” Badhrakali’s brother-in-law Chandrasekar said. “But later the two of them returned. When my wife Rani questioned them, one man threatened her with a knife while the other stabbed Sripriya,” said Chandrasekar. Sripriya later succumbed to her injuries. Udumalpet DSP C Raja said the police have arrested Srinivasan (65), his nephew Asaithambi and Pannadi (30).
source: http://indiapulse.sulekha.com/forums/coffeehouse_honor-killing-in-tamilnadu-for-marrying-a-dalit-982633
The above incidents clearly indicates that it is a matter of Women Rights Violation and Female Genocide. Honor Killings usually claim the lives of the female sex more than men. The Male dominant Patriarchal feudal system has its deep roots in the Indian Caste System and it has always target the womb of women. It has laid down several codes of conduct and laws of ‘feminity’ to control women.
Women have been denied of their rights to choose their life partner. The feudal lords and other dominant forces was afraid of loosing their family wealth to an ‘outsider’. Especially they could not let the family wealth being taken away by a ‘low caste’ person / family. The  history tells us that the child marriage and denial of ‘Love’ marriage etc has been a result of wanting to retain the ‘wealth’ within their family. The Brahminical Hindutvas laid them as rules by their Manu Smriti and other sutras and puranas which has proven to be of greater influence in the society, not only among the dominant caste but even within the Dalit Community.
Incident 4:
The much spoken incident of the Dharmapuri Dalit Villages – Naththam, Kondampattia and Annanagar.

Three colonies of Dalits (of the Adi-Dravida community) near Naikkankottai in Dharmapuri district of western Tamil Nadu remained benumbed on Thursday by the fury unleashed on them by a rampaging mob of caste Hindus on Wednesday.

As many as 268 dwellings – huts, tiled-roof and one or two-room concrete houses – were torched by the mob after a caste Hindu man, Nagarajan, committed suicide over his daughter marrying a Dalit boy from one of the colonies. Police said there was no casualty as occupants of the houses escaped and took shelter in another village. Ninety persons were arrested by Thursday evening and cases registered against another 500 “unidentified” persons.

The prime target of the attack was Natham Colony, whose resident, Ilavarasan (23) had married N. Divya (20), a caste Hindu. But, the mob’s fury was also directed at the adjoining Anna Nagar Colony and Kondampatti Old and New Colonies.

It is said that Ilavarasan and Divya got married in a temple a month ago. Fearing attack by caste Hindus, the couple approached the Deputy Inspector of General of Police, Salem Range, Sanjay Kumar, only a week ago for protection. Though the police assured them safety, a kangaroo court directed Ilavarasan’s family to return the girl on Wednesday. The girl refused to go with her father, who later hanged himself at his house in Sellankottai, just half a km from the Dalit colonies. And then, the mobs went on the rampage.

According to police, one group of incensed members of his community protested on the Dharmapuri-Tiruppattur Road, blocking traffic with the trees they felled as well as with boulders and signboards. At the same time, another group entered the Dalit colonies and set ablaze the dwellings. The Dalits alleged that their houses were looted and the valuables taken away. The attack started around 4.45 p.m. and went on till 7 p.m. Police reinforcements and fire tenders could not reach the spot in time because of the hurdles placed on the road leading to the colonies. Some vehicles of the Dalits too were torched. The mob fled when police reinforcements arrived.

Superintendent of Police, Krishnagiri, M. Ashok Kumar, reached the spot and took control of the situation, as Dharmapuri’s SP Asra Garg was away in Madurai. Mr. Garg, however, reached the spot at night.

Police personnel drawn from five districts restored order. Fire tenders put out the blaze in the colonies and recovery vans were deployed to clear the road blocks.

A core police team headed by Mr. Sanjay Kumar worked out strategies to keep the situation under control. Inspector-General of Police (West Zone), visited the colonies on Thursday and supervised the security arrangements and the investigation into the attack. Police said Ilavarasan and Divya were safe and under police protection.

After spending the night in shock, fear and without shelter, close to 1,500 Dalits were on Thursday accommodated in Government schools.

District Collector R. Lilly visited the affected persons and ordered relief for them.

source: http://sanhati.com/tweet/5787/

following this incident another such attack was unleashed in another Dalit Village near cuddalore district:

Eight houses of a Dalit colony at Pacharapalayam in Kurinjipadi block were ransacked and set on fire by a mob on Tuesday. While three houses were completely burnt, five others were partially scorched.

The steel almirahs in the houses were pierced open and gold jewellery and other valuables stolen. Two minivans and 10 two-wheelers were damaged in the attack.

In the ensuing clash, scores of people from Dalit and intermediate communities were injured. Superintendent of Police A. Radhika said both sides had filled complaints.

Soon after violence broke out, a strong police force brought the situation immediately under control. SPs A. Radhika (Cuddalore) and Prabhakaran (Ariyalur) are camping there.

D. Kathiresan and his wife Jothimani, two of the victims, told TheHindu that in the morning a gang barged into their house, broke a kerosene lamp and sprinkled fuel all over the place before setting it on fire.

Supporters of the Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi staged a road roko, condemning the attacks at Kurinjipadi, Cuddalore, Reddichavadi, Kondur and Marudhadu.

Two versions are doing the rounds about the motive behind the attack. One was eve teasing of a girl, which created a tense situation and another being torn up posters on Dharmapuri incident.

About 20 persons from both sides had been detained.

source: http://www.thehindu.com/news/states/tamil-nadu/eight-houses-of-dalits-ransacked-set-afire/article4140936.ece

It is high time that our Government bans the open propaganda against Love Marriage and Inter caste Marriages by the casteist parties, groups and leaders like Kattu Vetti Guru, P.M.K, Kongu Vellalar Peravai, Mukkulaththor Peravai and casteist individuals like Pazha. Karuppaih. Government should arrest these ‘men’ and groups who talk against the Fundamental Right of a women or a person granted by the Indian Constitution and also ban the respective groups and parties.
The Casteist groups and political parties seem to take this up as their propaganda to retain their vote banks and it is the duty of the Government to put an end to this Caste Based Violence and Violation of Human Rights and esp. Women’s Rights.
Government has to initiate a campaign on Fundamental Rights of Women, work on gender equality and also issue warnings against honor killings, casteist propaganda against inter-caste marriages.
State and Indian Government should
1.  adopt a comprehensive law against Honor Killings, Denial of Fundamental Women’s Rights to choose her life partner.
2.  adopt a comprehensive law against the casteist propaganda against inter caste marriages
3.  should arrest people who have already spoken against inter caste marriages and also ban the concerned casteist groups and parties. 
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