Ilavarasan loved Divya.
They got married last year, but after they did they were in for a shock.
Ilavarasan was a dalit. An untouchable. Their marriage sparked off caste tensions in the district. And what ensued is nothing but heart wrenching.
Divya’s family was harassed for “letting” their daughter marry an untouchable. The harassment got so severe that Divya’s father committed suicide.
We even thought about committing suicide. Not even in our dreams we thought her father would commit suicide. She was deeply affected by her father’s death. She cried a lot. – Ilavarasan
His death sparked violence in the village of Naikkankottai. Homes were robbed and burned to the ground.
Earlier this month, Divya lefft Ilavarasan to stop the violence. She said she would stay with her mother and never return. She refused to return.
A day after, a body was found on a train track. Ilavarasan is believed to have committed suicide by train. There are no indications to the otherwise. Nearby were 3 of the letters exchanged with Divya in a plastic bag.
There is nothing as sad or as tragic as two people forced to live through this by the actions of petty and pointless people who were more interested in the magical properties of blood and inheritance rather than the happiness. Their selfishness has brought untold misery resulting in the deaths of others. You are not the heroes, you are the villains. There is no justice, there is no punishment that can be levied to fix this. Only deep shame.
Are you happy now?
Lest we forget, I am dalit.
Never has there been a sadder tale of woe
Than of Juliet and her Romeo