Indian Supreme Court demands answers over ‘honour killings’

(AFP)

NEW DELHI — India’s Supreme Court has called for authorities to act after a spate of so-called “honour killings” that have highlighted the deadly effect of continuing caste tensions in the country.

The court ordered the central government and several states to file reports on the murders of young lovers who were apparently killed by relatives outraged at relationships that crossed Hinduism’s strict caste divisions.

Last week, police in New Delhi arrested the father and uncle of a girl who was stabbed, gagged and electrocuted along with her boyfriend in a suspected “honour killing” that caused widespread public disgust.

Asha Saini, 19, was found dead in a low-income neighbourhood along with her 21-year-old boyfriend Yogesh Kumar, whom she wanted to marry despite objections from her family who disapproved because he came from a lower caste.

“I have no regrets,” her uncle later told reporters, explaining the lovers brought shame on the family. “I will punish them all over again if given another chance.”

Most “honour killings” in India target young couples who dare to marry outside their caste and are killed by relatives in an attempt to protect the family’s reputation.

On Sunday, a young Delhi couple in their 20s were allegedly gunned down by the girl’s family four years after she disobeyed her parents by marrying a man from a different caste.

In another case within the last week, police in Haryana state said two teenage lovers found dead may also have been victims of an “honour killing.”

The couple, who had being dating for several months, were discovered hanging from a fan in what police believe may have been an effort to disguise the deaths as a suicide pact.

Advocate and social activist Ravi Kant told AFP that the Supreme Court judges on Monday ordered the central government and states to deliver reports into various suspected “honour killings” within four weeks.

“At the moment there is no law pertaining to ‘honour killings’ in India,” Kant said. “The rise in killing young couples over their choice of partner is a national scandal.”

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5 thoughts on “Indian Supreme Court demands answers over ‘honour killings’

  1. This is caste prejudice to the extreme plain and simple. When foolish idiots accept the branding of their children at birth as being inferior to brahmins, all life (except the brahmins) are deemed expendable, even their own children, to perpetuate and safeguard self-serving prejudices and traditions.

  2. Just keep locked your children into a dark room……in this manner at least u’r honour wud remain….unhurted….rather than to kill u’r childern

  3. honour killing….! these words r shouted so blatantantly by victims relatives without any fear by the police and indian law. either they r unaware of the indian law or they think indian police and law impotent.
    i had seen the whole news yesterday and could clearly mark out that those relatives were nither felt horrified nor they had a bit of shame on there faces. now this will yet had to be seen than will there be any twist or the u-turn in this case against these people or as before the case will be burried like other cases.
    now this is nither the time to think or to show any sympathy towards victims nor this is the time to blame to victims relatives and government. but this is the time to act.
    they r heading the murder as the “honour killing”. this word shows that these r the mentally ratarded people of the caste or the whole caste is mentally retarted or the whole system of india including all of us are physically and mentally retarted which cannot show red signal to these culprits.
    we cannot stop these incidents in a one break. nither i can blame these people for there thought process nor i think that there thought process could be changed after there experience of 50-60 yrs. instead we need to spread the social awareness within our caste or society so that these incidends could be minimised to a great extent. “when your home is not clean then you cannot blame the government for uncleanliness around your home”. so lets start it from our home….!
    we the new generation people should think and act differently and grip the system in our own hands….thanku!

  4. Khaap panchayats…have been become the General parellal bodies to regulate law in our CIVILIZED SOCITY….there is no need to conduct any verdict against the terrorist in any legal court…just handover the terrorist to these khaap panchayats…they will execute….Y doent these khaap panchayats do something for country’s honour..instead of killing their own blood…

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