Widow of slain Dalit youth discharged from Coimbatore hospital

Coimbatore: The widow of a slain Dalit youth, who attempted suicide last week by consuming poisonous cow dung powder, has been discharged from hospital, police said on Wednesday.

Kausalya (19) had consumed the powder at her in-laws' house in Komaralingam on May 12 and was admitted to the
government hospital in Coimbatore in an unconscious state. As her condition improved, Kausalya was discharged yesterday and sent to Komaralingam amid tight security, they said.

Kausalya had survived the March 13 attack when she and her husband Shankar (22) were attacked by three persons with sickles in full public view near a bus stand in Udumalpet, allegedly at the behest of her father, a caste Hindu, who was opposed to their inter-caste marriage.

Shankar died on his way to hospital. Kausalya blamed her father for the attack, who surrendered before a local court in Nilakottai in Dindigal district.

Video footage of the attack had gone viral triggering an outrage. Five persons, including the girl's mother, were arrested. Kausalya has been staying with her in-laws ever since she was discharged from the hospital on March 28 after the attack.

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