Five policemen stand guard outside the house at the far end of the Dalit colony in the village. From inside the dark single-room house emerges a young woman. “I am C Kausalya, Sankar’s wife,” she says.
Just two months ago, Sankar was hacked to death in Udumalpet town for marrying Kausalya, 19, who belongs to the Thevar caste, a powerful OBC group in Tamil Nadu. Sankar died on the way to hospital. Kausalya survived, after 36 stitches to her head. The assailants were alleged to have been hired by Kausalya’a family. Eleven people, including her parents and her mother’s brother, and eight others are in Kovai prison.
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