Caste killing: Newlywed couple hacked to death in Tuticorin, woman’s father held
Maduai: In a suspected case of caste killing, a recently married couple was allegedly murdered by the girl’s father in the front yard of their house at a village in Tuticorin in the early hours of Thursday. The victims have been identified as T Solairaja, 23, from Kulathur village near Vilathikulam and his wife A Jothi, 20, from Pallankulam. The district police have arrested Jothi’s father Alagar in connection with the murder and an inquiry is under way.
Police said that the couple got married against the wishes of the woman’s parents. They belonged to two different scheduled caste sub-sects. Solairaja fell in love with Jothi a few years ago, while working in a salt pan. Jothi’s family members were against the love affair and resisted them from getting married. As Solairaja’s mother supported the marriage, Jothi eloped with him and got married in a temple.
On Thursday, Solairaja’s mother was sleeping in their single-room house in Thanthai Periyar Nagar near Kulathur. Solairaja and Jothi were sleeping on a mat in the front yard of the house. Alagar, armed with a sickle, reached the village in the wee hours and allegedly attacked the couple. The incident came to light only in the morning when they were found murdered on the mat.
There were deep wounds on the bodies. Jothi’s wrist was found chopped off.
On being alerted, higher officials from the district, including superintendent of police Arun Balagopalan, reached the spot and conducted an inquiry. At the beginning of the investigation it was believed that a gang could have involved in the murder. But,
police later said that Alagar alone staged the double murder. “Alagar after locking his wife inside his house, left for Solairaja’s house on a bike. He left the scene after committing the crime. Though was arrested after a few hours, he did not show any remorse. He did not fear for the consequences either,” said a higher official.
Jothi’s mother was in touch with her daughter, which Alagar did not like. He often beat his wife for his daughter’s action as she brought disrepute to him. It did not go well with Alagar’s relatives and they reprimanded him. They often told him that he should punish his daughter instead of his wife. That might have instigated him, said a police officer.
The relatives staged a protest at the crime spot when police tried to clear the bodies. They also refused to conduct postmortem at Tuticorin Medical College Hospital. Solairaja’s mother and sister demanded compensation as he was the sole breadwinner of the family. “There is no provision under the SC/ST Act to provide compensation if a scheduled caste person is murdered by another member of the scheduled caste community. However, we are in talks with the family members to get the postmortem done by tonight,” said another police officer.