Kerala court says murder of Dalit Christian was a case of ‘honour killing’
The Additional Sessions Court directed the trial to be completed within six months.
An Additional Sessions Court in Kerala’s Kottayam on Wednesday observed that the death of a 24-year-old Dalit Christian was a case of “honour killing”, The Hindu reported. The court also directed to complete the trial within six months.
Kevin Joseph was found dead in Kollam city on May 28, just three days after he married Neenu. The police had arrested the father, brother and three other relatives of the woman. In all, the police have charged 14 people with Joseph’s murder.
Special Prosecutor CS Ajayan had moved a plea seeking to consider Joseph’s murder a case of “honour killing”. The prosecution argued that Joseph was murdered because he married Neenu, an elite Christian girl, Mathrubhumi reported. The defendant argued that the case cannot be treated as an “honour killing” since both parties were Christians.
Neenu and Joseph got married on May 24 against the wishes of her family. Three days later, he, along with a relative, was dragged out of a house in Mannanam where he was hiding. The abductors drove the two around in a car before releasing the relative. On May 28, Joseph’s body was found in a canal near Thenmala area in Kollam city.
Courtesy: The Hindu