In the name of honour

Print edition : March 13, 2020

Elavarasan and Divya, a file photo. Photo: The Hindu Archives

Grieving relatives of Elavarasan of Natham Colony, who was found dead near the railway track behind the Dharmapuri Government Arts College on July 4, 2013. Photo: N. Bashkaran

Nandish and Swathi, a file photo. Photo: By special arrangement

Kausalya Shankar with Amruthavarshini, another victim, in Nalgonda in Telangana on September 21, 2018. Photo: Singam Venkataramana

V. Shankar and Kausalya, a file photo. Photo: By Special Arrangement

At the scene of the murder of V. Shankar in Udumalpet on March 13, 2016. Photo: By Special Arrangement

Murugesan and Kannagi, who were poisoned to death in 2003. Photo: By special arrangement

Solairaj and Pechiammal getting married at a temple in Thoothukudi. Photo: By special arrangement

VCK leader Thol. Thirumavalavan (left) with Samuel Raj, convener of the Tamil Nadu Untouchability Eradication Front, at a padayatra seeking a law against honour killings in Salem on June 9, 2017. Photo: E. Lakshmi Narayanan

The spurt in the number of “honour killings” in Tamil Nadu in recent years is a stark indicator of the growing clout of patriarchal caste groups.

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