In yet another case of caste driven killing in Tamil Nadu, a 21-year-old caste Hindu woman in Madurai was allegedly murdered on April 15 by her family members for marrying a man from another caste.
Four people, the father of the girl, K Periyakarthikeyan, her mother, Chellamal, her brother, Chinaswamy and her aunt, M Lakshmi, have been arrested in the case.
The woman, B Suganya hailed from Veeralampatti village near Madurai district. She completed her nursing course at a private college in Madurai district and was training at a private hospital in Erode district when she fell in love with a man, K Boopathy, (23), reported The New Indian Express.
Boopathy hails from Gangapuram and was working as a painter. They fell in love as he visited the hospital for treatment. They both got married in January with the consent of Boopathy’s family. Suganaya informed her family members about the marriage in February.
Later, her father Periyakarthikeyan with his sister Lakshmi and two other relatives visited Boopathy and Suganya and made them believe that they have accepted their marriage. After that, they invited the couple to visit their village to attend jallikattu and a temple festival at a nearby village.
Boopathy and his grandmother were sent back home saying that Suganya will stay with her family for few more days. When she did not return, Boopathy first approached Erode police and later filed a complaint with Sedapatti police station to unite with his wife.
When police inquired with Suganya’s family, they said that she was murdered on April 15, 2017 and that they had burnt her body near a hillock about two kilometres from their village.
The Superintendent of Police of Madurai visited the spot where she was burnt and said that they could only find few remains of her body. A case has been registered under Section 302 (Punishment for murder) and Section 201 (causing disappearance of evidence) of the IPC, , reported The Hindu.