It is believed that this is the first case of a death penalty awarded for ‘honour’ killing.
Tirunelveli: A couple was sentenced to capital punishment by the Tirunelveli district court on Wednesday in an honour killing case.
The judgment has been greeted by social and political outfits, as it has been delivered within eight months of murder.
Kalpana, a Dalit housewife of Vannarapettai, Tirunelveli, was hacked to death on May 2016 in connection with an inter-caste love marriage of her younger brother, Viswanathan, a railway employee, with the Kauvery, a Thevar community girl.
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In connection with this murder, Tirunelveli city police have arrested Kauvery’s father, Sankaranarayanan and her mother, Chellammal of Thachanallur and made before the Tirunelveli district second additional sessions court.
On Wednesday, the court had awarded death sentence to the convicts, Sankaranarayanan & his wife. Before the commencement of the court session, Chellammal on Wednesday morning cried that she and her husband were wrongly caught up in the case and demanded a fresh inquiry.[asd2]
The speedy judgment in the honour killing case was hailed by the Dalit outfits. The Marxist Communist Party of India, despite its stand against the capital punishment, too welcomed the death penalty to the couple.
According to K.G. Baskar, district secretary of Tirunelveli’s Marxist Communist Party of India, the judgment by the court, in this case, was a landmark one as justice was delivered within eight months from the crime.