25 September, 2020

Right To Choose A Spouse | Kausalya Shankar's Fight For A Casteless Society

Kausalya Shankar started the Shankar Social Justice Trust to fight for a casteless society and assist inter-caste couples in their struggles. She is spearheading a campaign for a special law to protect such couples.

(L-R) Kausalya Shankar. Hadiya
Courtesy: Ananda Vikatan; Photograph by Jitender Gupta
Right To Choose A Spouse | Kausalya Shankar's Fight For A Casteless Society
outlookindia.com
2018-09-14T11:45:30+05:30

When Tamil film director Ram won an award from Ananda Vikatan in 2017, he had a request—to receive it from Kausalya Shankar. Ram wanted to honour the memory of her husband Shankar, a Dalit youngster slain by hired killers of Kausalya’s family, as well as her courage in battling against her family and caste (Thevars), and deposing against them in the murder trial. “Kausalya is a shining example of the fight against honour killings of inter-caste couples,” said Ram.

When Shankar was killed in broad daylight at Udumalpet town in March 2016 and she was left grievously wounded, Kausalya (21) refused to return to her parents. She stayed with her in-laws and started the Shankar Social Justice Trust to fight for a casteless society and assist inter-caste couples in their struggles. She is spearheading a campaign for a special law to protect such couples.

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