Wednesday, March 14, 2012

[ZESTCaste] Honour killing: Accused still at large

Honour killing: Accused still at large
Mysore, Mar 14,2012,DHNS:

DSS urges gallows for Mahadeva, who allegedly killed Shruti

Members of Communist Part of India (Marxist) protest at Mysore on
Wednesday against honour killing. DH PhotoMahadeva, the brother of
Shruti alias Smruti who was killed over her decision for having
married a man from different caste, is still at large. City police
commissioner K L Sudhir has formed three teams to nab him which are
carrying out searches in Periyapatna, Chamarajanagar and surrounding
areas. However, so far, no solid leads have been obtained regarding
his whereabouts.

Meantime, chairperson of National Women's Commission Manjula visited
the residence of Shruti and said the Commission would obtain all
records regarding Shruti's marriage to Sudeep, and provide necessary
help to family members. Shruti was found murdered in her residence at
Alanahalli on Tuesday. Sudeep, a Dalit, worked as assistant physical
education director at Tumkur University. Shruti's brother Mahadeva
allegedly flew into a rage over her refusal to marry someone other
than Sudeep, owing to the latter's caste.

DSS urges gallows

Dalit Sangharsha Samithi on Wednesday, urged the authorities to
recommend the harshest of the punishment to Mahadeva, which is nothing
short of gallows, for having murdered his sister over caste issue. In
a press release, Bettaiah Kote, district convenor of DSS said: "Though
the grandmother, a direct witness to the incident, is saying
inter-caste marriage was the reason behind Mahadeva killing his own
sister in this gruesome manner, the police have recorded it as
unnatural death under suspicious circumstances. This may give the
accused a leeway to escape harsher punishment."


CPI(M) activists staged a protest against Shruti's murder, urging for
the arrest of accused. Stating that such cases of honour killing were
on the rise in the country, the culprits had to be brought to book and
punished severly, so as to serve as a lesson to others. Citizens
should, in all possible ways, try to build a society without caste

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