Coimbatore, March 20: All India Insurance Employees Union affiliated to CPI(M) on Sunday, March offered to bear the entire education expenses of Kausalya, widow of the Dalit youth Shankar, who was hacked to death in a suspected case of honour killing last week.
Talking to reporters after meeting Kausalya, undergoing treatment at the Government Hospital here for her injuries in the attack, CPI(M) MLA K Thangavel, along with office bearers of AIIEU, said the union has assured to meet her education expenses.
Kausalya is doing engineering course in a private college. Shankar (22) and Kausalya (19), whose inter-caste marriage was opposed by their families, were attacked by a gang, who came on a motorcycle, with sickles in full public view on March 13 in nearby Tirupur district, resulting in the death of the husband.
The couple, married eight months ago despite opposition from their families, were waiting at the Udumalpet bus stand when they were attacked.
Five persons have been arrested in connection with the incident and they were charged under various sections of IPC including 302 (murder), 148 (rioting, armed with deadly weapons) and also under the stringent provisions of SC/SC (Prevention of Atrocities Act).