The new turns in the case of the killing of two Indian fishermen off Kollam coast on February 15, 2012 – which drive the Indo-Italian relationship deeper into new troubles – do not bother families of the victims.
“We have already forgiven the marines. I won’t get back my husband if they are hanged. They shot dead my husband and his colleague mistaking them for Somali pirates,” said Doramma, 40, wife of Valentine Jelestine , 45, one of the victims.
The two sisters of Ajesh Binki, 25, the other victim, living at Kuzhithurai, a nondescript Tamil Nadu coastal village nearly 150km from here, are not aware of the international impact of the incident. The siblings, the only legal heirs of Binki, too have pardoned the Italians.
For their forgiveness, Italy has paid a price. Doramma got Rs one crore and her two children Rs 50 lakh each.
This apart, Doramma, a resident of Kollam in Kerala, has been offered a job of a peon at the fisheries department by the Kerala Government to keep Christian fishermen community, a major vote bank, in good humour.
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