Caught between life and death

Print edition : November 28, 2014

Carrying in the catch at the fishing jetty in Rameswaram. Photo: L. BALACHANDAR

Boats anchored off Rameswaram. Photo: R.K. RADHAKRISHNAN

The five fishermen who have been sentenced to death in Sri Lanka: (From left) J. Langlet Loyola, Kulandaisamy Prasath, P. Emerson, Rayappan Wilson and P. Augustus. Photo: R.K. RADHAKRISHNAN

Wilson's wife, Jhansi, with their children, Subiksha, Kavya and Johan, at their house on November 2. Photo: R.K. RADHAKRISHNAN

The banner that Langlet's family readied in May to thank Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chief Minister Jayalalithaa after Sri Lankan President Mahind Rajapaksa announced that all jailed Indian fishermen would be freed. Photo: R.K. RADHAKRISHNAN

Emerson's wife, Lavanya (seated on floor), and their children, Phemina and Wallace. She was pregnant iwth Wallace when Emerson was arrested, and he is yet to see his son. Photo: R.K. RADHAKRISHNAN

Kulandaisamy Prasath's house in Pamban. Photo: R.K. RADHAKRISHNAN

Prasath's wife, Skenita (in blue saree), and Augustus' wife, Bagyaselvi. Photo: R.K. RADHAKRISHNAN

U. Arulanandam, Rameswaram fishermen's association leader, who has been asked by the Tamil Nadu government to liaise with the jailed fishermen. Photo: K. Pichumani

At Thangachimadam in Rameswaram, fishermen and their family members stage a road roko in support of their demands, in May 2013. Photo: L. Balachandar

The Palk Strait has become a dangerous fishing ground for the fishermen of Tamil Nadu, particularly Rameswaram. They hope that the Central government will act at least now to save five of their brethren sentenced to death in Sri Lanka.

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