Dharmapuri Arson: Preserve Dalit Boy's Body, Says HC

The Madras High Court today directed the Tamil Nadu government to preserve till Tuesday the body of Dalit youth Ilavarasan, who was found dead along a railway track yesterday and to give his father a copy of the post mortem report along with the video graph of the procedure.

A division bench comprising Justices V Dhanapalan and C T Selvam gave the order on a mention by advocate Sankarasubbu who wanted a doctor of the choice of Ilavarasan's parents to be present in the team conducting the post-mortem.

Public Prosecutor Shanmugavelayutham said the four hour procedure was over by 11 AM, to which the lawyer objected and replied he had informed district Superintendent of Police that the matter would be taken up in court and was told the post-mortem would be taken up only at 1130 AM.

After the submissions,the judges directed the authorities concerned to preserve the body till Tuesday when they would hear the matter again.

The judges also said the post-mortem report and video graph should be handed over to the victim's father.

Earlier in the morning,a bench of Justices R Banumathi and T S Sivagnanam adjourned to July 19, a batch of PILs related to the anti-Dalit violence and arson and compensation package to victims.

Ilavarasan, whose marriage to the upper caste girl triggered anti-Dalit violence in three villages of the district in November last,was found dead along a railway track here yesterday, a day after his wife said she would never go back to him.

His death came barely hours after Divya said she would never go back to him and would live with her mother.

After appearing for a hearing in Madras High Court in a habeas corpus petition by her mother,the girl had said she had been under tremendous pressure all along and was unable to forget her father who committed suicide over her marriage.

Ilavarasan's death triggered tension in Naickenkottai village, where prohibitory orders have been clamped under Section 144 of CrPC. Armed personnel have been posted in sensitive areas, including that of caste Hindu localities, of Naickenkottai.

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Jul 06, 2013
09:09 PM

It was quite unusual in the annals of law that the judiciary concedes to the plea of autopsy by the doctors of the parents of  Ilavarasan's choice. It was shocking to witness the blot in the land of Tamilnadu where the nuptial knot tied transcending caste barriers was shortlived. Shockingly, there was a strong campaign spearheaded against Dalit boys marrying other caste girls. In the arson that followed,hundreds of huts of Dalits were set ablaze. Close on the heels of suicide of her  father, Divya left her husband to join her mother as recorded in the court. Speculations were rife as to what had transpired in between. The glum face of lachrymal Divya laid bare her mixed emotions. She was seen sandwitched between her abundant love towards Ilavarasan, and her manufactured sympathy for her mother.Now high level enquiry should unravel the mystery behind the death of Ilavarasan. Will the sad episode, identify as to  which chromosome is superior and which one is  inferior as a few discriminate the caste?    

C.Chandrasekaran, Madurai
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