By Hugo Gorringe and Karthikeyan Damodaran
The brutal deaths of a father-son duo in judicial custody in Tamil Nadu’s Tuticorin district have sent shockwaves across the country and the globe. On June 18, Sathankulam police admonished J. Bennix (32) for keeping his small mobile phone and accessories shop open for 15 minutes beyond the state-government-imposed curfew of 8 pm the during the COVID-19. Bennix was alleged to have badmouthed the officers, and the angered police officers returned on June 19 to follow up.
Dr Hugo Gorringe is Senior Lecturer in Sociology and Co-director of the Centre of South Asian Studies at the University of Edinburgh.
Karthikeyan Damodaran completed his PhD at the University of Edinburgh in 2018. He is an Independent scholar working on caste, Dalit politics, film studies and Dravidian politics.