Many are fearlessly posting messages on social media congratulating the murderers and issuing open threats.

Caste hatred isnt just on the streets celebration of Dalit mans murder on social media
news Caste Wednesday, March 16, 2016 - 20:15

The brutal killing of 21-year-old Sankar, for loving a higher caste woman while being Dalit, drew forth much anger and pain. The young man was hacked in broad daylight by three men carrying sickles in Tamil Nadu's Tiruppur district.  it seems that some people have found something to celebrate in the murder.

Many are fearlessly posting messages on social media congratulating the murderers and issuing open threats.

Below are some congratulatory messages translated:

 “Feeling awesome. If anyone says we will marry a Thevar woman, only our sickles will talk to you. The husband met this fate; imagine what will happen to those who arranged it.”

“I was wondering why there were no death reports this Sunday, that’s when I heard about the death of this dirty fellow. The news of the death was like honey to my ears.  My wishes to the gang that killed and hoping they will continue to do the same.”

“Don’t dare to ask our women’s hands for marriage. Congratulations to friends who murdered Sankar.”

The caste groups that function in many parts of Tamil Nadu are not content to simply talk about caste pride. They also spend a lot of time and energy shaming and intimidating families in which young people marry outside caste, to the extent that families resort to honour killings, because they cannot withstand the pressure and stigma heaped on them by these groups.

 “The woman was neither intelligent nor was her upbringing good. A man has to teach his children about pride belonging to our caste. If anyone marries outside caste, parents should know it’s not wrong to cut them into pieces and throw them away.

The vitriol on social media however is not limited to just Sankar. We stumbled on an active Facebook group that has more than 1500 members and is called, ‘The Gounder group that kills those who fall in love with our women.’

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