Kausalya, the 19-year-old widow of the Dalit youth who was hacked to death in full public view at a bus stand in Tirupur in a suspected honour killing, has been discharged from the government hospital in Coimbatore.
The March 13 incident had led to public outrage. The video footage of the savage attack, carried out allegedly at the behest of the girl’s father, had gone viral and several political parties condemned such honour killings.
Kausalya was undergoing treatment in the hospital. She had suffered deep cuts on her head and forehead and was discharged yesterday evening, police said.
Since it is a sensitive issue, her discharge was kept a secret, they said, adding she was taken in an ambulance to Komaralingam in Tirupur district to her in-laws’ house, as she had expressed her wish to stay with them.
Adequate security has been provided there, they said.
Kausalya had earlier rued that nobody came to their rescue when they were attacked. She had also expressed willingness to continue her engineering course and get a job to look after her in-laws, even as All India Democratic Womens’ Association offered to provide financial assistance for her studies.
She had held her father responsible for the attack, who later surrendered before a local court in Nilakottai in Dindigal district.
On March 16, five persons were arrested in connection with the murder and remanded to judicial custody.