Speaking to TNM, Shanmugavel reveals that the couple was prepared to handle intruders in their residence.
“We live in a farmhouse at the edge of the village and it is located very close to the forest. It is a five-acre land and we have been here for 40 years. We were acutely aware of the fact that we were susceptible to attacks from robbers because our house was isolated from the rest of the village,” he says. “When I was getting strangled, I immediately began to make loud noises to get my wife’s attention. I knew it didn’t have to make sense. It just had to bring her to the entrance,” he says.
Senthamarai appears completely unperturbed by the previous night’s attack. She merely laughs when this reporter expresses awe at her act of bravery. When asked how she reacted almost immediately to the attack, by throwing footwear at the first intruder, she says, “Because I love my husband of course. How can I bear to watch when someone is hurting him?” she asks.