So-called honour killing in Catholic family shocks Indian state
The murder of a socially poor Dalit Catholic man who had married a woman belonging to an upper-caste Syrian Christian family has fuelled protests across India’s southern state of Kerala.
Kevin P. Joseph, 26, a member of Vijayapuram Diocese, was murdered in a so-called honour killing on 28th May, five days after he married 20-year-old Neenu Chacko of an affluent Christian family in Kollam district against the wishes of some members of her family, ucanews.com reported.
The man was dragged out of his house in Kottayam district with his cousin and taken away by a gang allegedly hired by the girl’s family, police said. His body was later found in a stream in Kollam district. His cousin was released.
The victim’s father and wife told local media they approached police soon after the kidnapping, but that officers refused to respond, saying they were busy arranging security for a visit by the chief minister of Kerala.
Neenu named her brother Shanu Chacko and 11 people as responsible for the crime. Most gang members belong to the Democratic Youth Federation of India, a youth wing associated with Kerala’s ruling communist alliance.
Police arrested some youth federation members in connection with the murder.
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