[Ed. – ‘At present the U.S. is the cruelest country in the world.’ –The Democratic Party.]
An inter-caste couple was murdered by an unidentified group of people in Tamil Nadu’s Thoothukudi district on Thursday in what local police believe is a hate crime. The woman was three months’ pregnant at the time of her killing.
If the police assessment on it being a hate crime is true, this will be the second such incident in a week after the murder of an inter-caste couple in Coimbatore on July 25.
Police at Kulathur, Thoothukudi, identified the victims as Solairajan (24) and Jothi (21), both working in a salt pan as daily wagers.
“Solairajan, hailing from the Parayar community, had fallen in love with Jothi, a Pallar girl. Since both were working in a salt pan, they decided to tie the knot. Since Jothi’s parents opposed the marriage, she left her home and got married to her lover in April. There was no opposition from the groom’s parents, who accepted the couple,” the police said.