In his case even love couldn’t trump this cocktail

Ilavarasan’s tragic love story

Tamil youth Ilavarasan tragic death was the result of the most flammable mixture in India caste and politics. In his case even love couldn’t trump this cocktail. A Ganesh Nadar reports from Dharmapuri.

The canada goose outlet orlando two most important men in a girl life are often her father and her husband. This is the heart wrenching story of Divya whose father canada goose outlet 80 off committed suicide in November last year, and her husband is said to have committed suicide in July this year.

canada goose July 9, 2013: The Dharmapuri Medical College Hospital in Tamil Nadu is crowded with friends and family of Divya husband, 22 year old Ilavarasan, who have been waiting for six days to hear whether the Madras high court will agree to a second post mortem of his body. The court was watching a video of the first post mortem to decide whether a second one was necessary. canada goose

canada goose uk black friday The next day, July 10, the high court buy canada goose uk directed that two doctors will examine canada goose vest outlet the body and report to the court on whether another post mortem was necessary. canada goose uk black friday

The first post mortem had been videographed and the court commented adversely on the manner in which the post mortem was conducted. None of the organs was weighed as per normal procedure. Only doctors, nurses and attendants are supposed to be in the operating room, but the court observed that friends, family, relatives and the police were freely entering the post mortem operation room.

One policeman was even observed shooting a video of the procedure on his mobile phone.

canada goose coats Ilavarsan died on July 4. His body was found on a culvert adjoining the railway track in Dharmapuri with severe and fatal injuries that the police say were due to his being hit by a train as a result of a suicide bid. His relatives, however, insist that he was murdered. The first post mortem concluded that he had committed suicide. The family then moved the high court seeking another post mortem. canada goose coats

Ilavarasan tragic end was the result of the most flammable mixture in India caste and politics. Ilavarasan and Divya studied in Dharmapuri town and lived in neighbouring villages he is from Natham and she from Sellankottai.

They travelled on the same bus and that how they first met. Later, he joined a science college and she joined a nursing college. They fell in love over time and planned to get married once they graduated and got jobs.

They were in their final year in college when Divya mother started looking for a boy for her to marry. The curse of modern day India the caste divide meant that her parents who were of the Vanniyar caste, would never agree to Divya marriage to Ilavarasan, who was from the Dalit community.

It was not just their families the two young people would have to battle. Caste politics came to haunt them as well.

For more than 10 years two caste outfits, the pro middle caste PMK (Pattali Makkal Katchi) and the pro Dalit VCK (Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi) had been in alliance either with the DMK or with the AIADMK, the two major parties in Tamil Nadu. Peace had thus prevailed between the Vanniyars and the Dalits as Ramdoss of the PMK and Thirumavalavan of the VCK were friends.

In the last elections they fell out. While Thirumavalavan managed to become a Lok Sabha MP, the PMK was wiped out completely. Their friendship broke. Six months ago, Ramdoss started a vicious campaign against inter caste marriages.

In one of his canada goose outlet black friday speeches he said that Dalit boys are dressing up smartly and ensnaring higher caste girls by false promises of love. Once married, they demand huge sums to divorce the girl. The PMK was ably supported by the Kongu Naadu Gounder Peravai which took out advertisements in major dailies against inter caste marriages.

canada goose black friday sale In the surcharged atmosphere of the sustained hate campaign by the PMK and KNGP, Divya and Ilavarasan knew that they had no chance of a marriage to which both parents would agree. canada goose black friday sale

On October 14, 2012, they got married and Ilavarasan took her to his home. His father Elangovan who canada goose outlet edmonton works as a records clerk in the Government Hospital in Dharmapuri supported his son, knowing that the couple faced certain violence from the girl family.

They approached the police who provided canada goose parka outlet them security.

superintendant of police Asra Garg is a good man. When I sent the young couple to Chennai, he sent an armed gunman to accompany them, said Elangovan. Still, so great was the fear that the young couple would be harmed by vicious caste politics, that Elangovan says he never allowed them out of the house.

Back in Divya natal village of Sellankottai the Vanniyars had a meeting, constituted a kangaroo court, and ordered Divya to come home. Divya refused.

canada goose uk outlet On November 7, 2012, Divya father Nagarajan hanged himself. Elangovan did not allow Divya to attend his funeral as he feared she would be held responsible and attacked. canada goose uk outlet

Canada Goose Online Nagarajan death was excuse enough for the Vanniyars to go on a deadly rampage that very day. Canada Goose Online

Canada Goose online They planned it very well. One group blocked the highway by cutting trees and laying them across the road. Canada Goose online

Canada canada goose outlet Goose Coats On Sale This tactic was perfected by Ramdoss when he first started the canada goose outlet washington dc PMK in the ’80s. He was in fact then known as maraveti Ramdoss, or tree cutter Ramdoss. Canada Goose Coats On Sale

Another group entered Ilavarasan village of Natham and burnt down every single house. Their thirst for revenge was not quenched so they entered the nearby villages of Annanagar and Kondampatti and burnt them down too. Altogether 268 houses were burnt down. The terrified Dalits fled.

Canada Goose sale Three hundred policemen stood and watched the mob of 2,500 pillage and burn. The tree blockade on the highway ensured that reinforcements could not reach in time. Canada Goose sale

The next day 90 people were arrested. They have official canada goose outlet all been released. Their lawyer said that they were standing on the road and doing nothing.

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