Dalit activists protest against ‘honour killing’ in Namakkal
NAMAKKAL: Several dalit political parties and outfits, including VCK, BSP and CPI(ML), have condemned the “honour killing” of the dalit engineer V Gokulraj. They protested outside the mortuary at the Salem Government Super Specialty Hospital and also in front of the Salem collectorate’s office for the second day on Friday.
“He was kidnapped from Tiruchengodu in Namakkal and murdered by a caste outfit.
Love affair with a goundar caste (BC) girl was the reason behind this murder,” said A Chandramohan, state committee member of CPI(ML).
Talking to TOI, Chandramohan alleged that the police’s refusal to register a murder case and has let the culprits avoid arrest. He added that police attempted to project the death as a suicide. The state government must intervene immediately to arrest the culprits, he demanded.
“This is also the right time to discuss or to formulate stringent measures including a state legislation to suppress caste elements carrying out honour killings,” Chandramohan said, alleged that the state government’s anti-dalit stand encourages caste-based groups to commit such barbaric honour murders. This is not only a shame to the civilised society, but also a threat to democracy, he added.
Addressing media persons, state president of Mannin Mainthargal Peravai, ‘Sharf’ Murali said there were no symptoms of train accident as there were no injuries on Gokulraj’s body except that his head was severed from his body. “Even his clothes were not damaged even after the train ran over him. We couldn’t find any train accident marks on his body. This was the doubt that came to our mind after seeing the body,” he said.
Similarly, members of VCK demanded the police register the case under several sections of the SC/ST Atrocities Prevention Act. “We also demanded the state government issue a financial assistance of Rs 50 lakh to Gokulraj’s family as they were fully dependent on him. Now, the whole family is shattered because of his death,” said Imayavaramban, state youth wing deputy secretary of VCK.
Meanwhile, the Salem city police were able to pacify the protestors. The police also assured them that they will conduct the investigations in a fair manner. Convinced with the assurances, the protestors dispersed.
Gokulraj’s mother Chitra Venkatachalam, elder brother V Kalaiselvan and several of their relatives participated in the protests.