The National Digest

India: 10 Men Sentenced to Life for Killing of Dalit Christian

A court in Kerala has sentenced 10 men to life in prison for the killing of a Christian from India’s lowest dalit caste who wanted to marry a woman from a higher caste.

Kevin P Joseph, a 23-year-old electrician, was killed in May last year, two days after he applied to register his marriage with Neenu Chacko, 21, also a Christian.

The convicted men included the prospective bride’s brother Sanu Chacko, who was accused of returning to Kottayam in Kerala from his job in the Gulf to take part in the murder of Joseph.

The judges described the crime as a clear case of an “honour” killing and said the only reason why they were not handing out death sentences was on account of the age of the accused and the fact that it was their first offence.

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