TN court hands death sentence to six in Sankar murder case

TN court hands death sentence to six in Sankar murder case

Six people have been sentenced to death for the murder of a man from India's Dalit community in an "honour killing" in Tamil Nadu previous year. The gruesome murder, captured on local CCTV cameras, had shocked the nation.

Kausalya's father Chinnasamy and the five men who carried out the attack have been given death sentence.

The couple - Shankar and Kausalya - were attacked by a gang with lethal weapons in March in Udumalpet after their inter-caste wedding.

The court found out that the couple was attacked on the orders of the father, who was against the intercast marriage of Kausalya.

While Shankar the Dalit youth died on way to hospital, Kausalya, who hails from Dindigul district, survived with head injuries. "Hence I welcome the verdict as a whole", she said, adding that however, she would appeal against the acquittal of her mother Annalakshmi, maternal uncle Pandithurai and her another relative in the Madras High Court.

The family, which belongs to the politically powerful Thevar caste, was allegedly unhappy with their marriage. Both Sankar and Kausalya studied in a private engineering college in Pollachi when they got married against her parent's wish.

Cases were registered against 11 accused under section 120 (B), 147, 148, 302 and 307 of IPC and 3 (1) and 3 (2) of the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act and 1,500-page charge sheet was framed against them, with 100 witnesses being examined.

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