Prevalence of Honour Killings

The study commissioned by the National Commission for Women (NCW). and carried out by NGO Shakti Vahini was confined to the States of Haryana, Punjab and Western Uttar Pradesh. However, 560 cases profiled by the NGO reflects that it is a north Indian phenomenon. The study reveals that in 88.93% of the total 560 cases surveyed, the perpetrators of the crimes were from the girl’s family.  The Study Report has inter-alia highlighted the following:-

Honour Killings have been reported most from those areas where the Khap Panchayats are active.  Shakti Vahini studied 560 cases where couples have been threatened. Of these 560 cases, 121 persons have been killed. Honour Killings are less about gotra issue and more about inter caste marriages. Violence and threatening of couples has been reported both from rural and urban areas and from almost all sections of the society. The reaction to the inter-caste marriages are much stronger and violent when the girl marries a dalit or to a lower caste than her own. The skewed sex ratio in the area has led to the worsening of the status of women in this region. This information was given by Smt. Krishna Tirath, Minister of State for Women and Child Development in a written reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha today.


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