Lankan woman, kids rescued from sand dune off India

The marine police at Mandapam in Tamil Nadu rescued a woman and her three children stranded on a sand dune off the Dhanushkodi coast in Ramanathapuram district of Tamil Nadu on Wednesday morning, the Times of India reported today.

The woman, who was born in India, was married to a Sri Lankan. She has been living in Sri Lanka since 2013 with family.

Local fishermen spotted the woman and her children on a sand dune beyond Arichalmunai and alerted the marine police.

The police rescued the woman and her children. The woman and her children were brought to the marine police station at Mandapam.

Investigation revealed that her name is V Thangam, 30, wife of Vigneswaran of Pandaranayagapuram in Sri Lanka. Vigneswaran is working abroad and Thangam and her children were living with her mother-in-law.

Thangam told the police that her mother-in-law had tortured her and her children. So she and her children decided to go to her mother’s house in Maniachi in Tuticorin district of Tamil Nadu. She and her children took an illegal ferry from Talaimannar on Wednesday night. They were dropped on third sand dune near Arichalmunai.

The police were investigating further. (Colombo Gazette)