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"Always Remember-Silence of good men is more dangerous than brutality of bad men”

Tamil dalit  youth, who married Vanniyar woman dies 

 

Ilavarasan, the dalit youth who married a vanniyar woman Divya in November last year and braved a caste backlash, was found dead along a railway track in Dharmapuri in Tamil Nadu on Thursday. Police said the body was found behind the government arts college and sent for post-mortem to the Dharmapuri government hospital.

Quoting eyewitnesses, police said Ilavarasan had reached the spot around 12.30pm on a motorcycle, and sat for a while near the railway track behind the college. They suspect he might have jumped in front of Kurla Express, which passed by between 1pm and 1.30pm.

Dharmapuri SP Asra Garg said the railway police were conducting an inquiry and it was too early to say if there was any foul play. Police pickets have been posted in sensitive areas in Naickenkottai in the district, from where Ilavarasan hailed. Prohibitory orders have been clamped in Dharmapuri in view of the tense situation prevailing there, Garg said.

"We have seized three letters from his bag. The letters were written by Divya (his wife) during 2011 and there was no suicide note," another officer said.

Alleging that his son had been murdered, Ilavarasan's father T Elango told TOI, "He was very confident. He was not a weak boy. He was telling us that he is going to Andhra Pradesh to work." Elango works at the hospital where Ilavarasan's body was sent for post-mortem.

On Wednesday, Divya, who had left Ilavarasan to stay with her mother, apparently following social pressure, had told reporters in Chennai she had no plans to go back to him. The two had eloped and married against the wishes of her family last year, prompting her father Nagarajan to commit suicide. This triggered a caste uproar. Dalit houses were torched and the issue, which simmered for months, led to unrest in April in the wake of a conference organised by the PMK.

On Wednesday, Divya told reporters at the Madras high court she was under tremendous pressure and was unable to forget her father, who committed suicide after her marriage. She said she no longer wanted to live with her husband and preferred to stay with her mother.

VCK leader Thol Thirumavalavan demanded a judicial probe into Ilavarasan's death. He also urged the government to provide protection to Divya and her family. "She had told the court earlier that she wished to live with Ilavarasan, but changed her stand recently. What force pressured her to change her mind?" he asked.

The CPM, too, expressed shock at the incident and demanded an inquiry.