Gowsalya ques­tions DMK’s stand on ‘hon­our killing’

Kan­i­mozhi de­nies charge but de­fends Gowsalya’s right to crit­i­cise

The Hindu - - TAMIL NADU - B. Ko­lap­pan

Gowsalya Shankar, whose hus­band was mur­dered by casteist el­e­ments, is under at­tack on so­cial me­dia for ex­press­ing views against the DMK and its work­ing pres­i­dent on the is­sue of ‘hon­our killing’.

DMK MP Kan­i­mozhi, how­ever, came out in de­fence of Gowsalya, say­ing a point of view should be coun­tered with an­other point and it is un­fair to in­dulge in per­sonal at­tacks.

“All per­sonal crit­i­cism against Gowsalya must stop,” Ms. Kan­i­mozhi told

The Hindu.

What trig­gered a se­ries of re­ac­tion against Ms. Gowsalya on the Face­book was her con­tention that DMK leader M.K. Stalin failed to see the mur­der of her hus­band as a hon­our killing and had treated it as “yet an­other mur­der”.

“With­out go­ing into the de­tails in­clud­ing why Shankar was mur­dered and why I was at­tacked, he just called it mur­der. He proved that the Leader of the Op­po­si­tion could cover up all these is­sues and con­demn the mur­der. Whom does he want to pro­tect?” she had said in her post.

Asked about the need for such a post on the is­sue now, Ms. Gowsalya said she first raised the is­sue in a meet­ing or­gan­ised by the Vidutha­lai Chiruthai­gal Katchi (VCK) on April 8 and later posted the same con­tent on Face­book.

“It trig­gered strong per­sonal at­tacks against me. I was in Sri Lanka and I filed an­other ex­pla­na­tion af­ter my re­turn a few days ago. It also met with a sim­i­lar re­sponse,” she said.

She said though she re­spected the DMK lead­ers and cadres who were wedded to the idea of so­cial jus­tice and con­demned the death of Shankar, the ques­tion that re­mained unan­swered was whether the DMK had ar­tic­u­lated the Dalit view­point in an un­wa­ver­ing man­ner.

“What is the DMK’s stand on the atroc­i­ties against the Dal­its? Who will it stand by when it takes into con­sid­er­a­tion the caste of a can­di­date be­fore nom­i­nat­ing in the elec­tion? Who did it stand by in the past,” she asked.

‘Al­le­ga­tion base­less’

Asked why she had sin­gled out the DMK while ma­jor po­lit­i­cal par­ties in­clud­ing the AIADMK also re­mained silent on the is­sue, Vin­cent Kathir, founder of Ev­i­dence, who stood by her through the or­deal, said the AIADMK and other par­ties did not even qual­ify a men­tion. “Since we feel that the DMK is more so­cially re­spon­si­ble as a party, she ex­pressed her views,” he said.

Ms. Kan­i­mozhi, how­ever, said there was no ba­sis in the al­le­ga­tion that her party failed to con­demn the hon­our killings.

“As a po­lit­i­cal party es­pous­ing the cause of in­ter­caste mar­riage and com­mit­ted to erad­i­ca­tion of caste, how will we sup­port hon­our killing. Any­one who sup­ports hon­our killing can­not be a DMK man or the fol­lower of its ide­ol­ogy,” she said.

“We are with Gowsalya and all vic­tims of the casteism,” she said and made it clear that per­sonal at­tacks against a per­son ex­press­ing his or her opin­ion was not ac­cept­able to the DMK. “Our leader Kalaig­nar and work­ing pres­i­dent M.K. Stalin had, in the past, con­demned crit­i­cism of a per­sonal na­ture.”

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