Madras HC directs postmortem on dalit youth’s body

Madras HC directs postmortem on dalit youth’s body

CHENNAI: The Madras high court on Friday directed authorities to conduct a postmortem on the body of a 22-year-old dalit engineer who was found dead on a railway track in Namakkal district of Tamil Nadu on Wednesday.

According to an affidavit by Parthiban, friend of deceased V Gokulraj, it was a case of honour killing as the dalit youth was in a relationship with a non-dalit woman, Swathi.

Parthiban said Yuvraj, president of Theeran Chinnamalai Peravai, had abducted and murdered Gokul as he opposed to the relationship between the dalit youth and non-dalit woman.

Swathi had narrated the kidnapping in her statement to police, he said.

A division bench of Justice S Tamilvanan and Justice C T Selvam said the photos submitted to the court would prima facie suggested a case of possible homicide.

“We find it just and reasonable to direct the authorities to conduct postmortem by a team of government doctors and one reputed doctor of petitioner’s choice.”

The bench then directed the dean of Mohankumaramangalam Government Hospital to constitute a team of doctors. It also appointed Dr P Sampath Kumar, vice-principal, head of department of forensic department, Sri Ramachandra Medical College, as one of the team members.

The postmortem had to be videographed, and the report had to submitted to the court in a sealed covered, the court said.


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