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An honor killing or honour killing is the killing of a member of a family or social group by other members, due to the belief of the perpetrators that the victim has brought dishonor upon the family or community. Honor killings are directed mostly against women and girls, but have been extended to men.
The perceived dishonor is normally the result of one of the following behaviors, or the suspicion of such behaviors: dressing in a manner unacceptable to the family or community, wanting to terminate or prevent an arranged marriage or desiring to marry by own choice, especially if to a member of a social group deemed inappropriate, engaging in heterosexual acts outside marriage and engaging in homosexual acts. United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees state that claims made by LGBT persons often reveal exposure to physical and sexual violence, extended periods of detention, medical abuse, threat of execution and honour killing."
The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) estimates that perhaps as many as 5,000 women and girls a year are killed by members of their own families. Many women's groups in the Middle East and Southwest Asia suspect the victims are at least four times more. In the modern age, the term was first used by a Dutch scholar of Turkish society ANE NAUTA in 1978. Nauta sought a term that could be used in distinguish honor killings from blood feuds.
Human Rights Watch defines "honor killings" as follows:
Honor killings are acts of vengeance, usually death, committed by male family members against female family members, who are held to have brought dishonor upon the family. A woman can be targeted by (individuals within) her family for a variety of reasons, including: refusing to enter into an arranged marriage, being the victim of a sexual assault, seeking a divorce—even from an abusive husband—or (allegedly) committing adultery. The mere perception that a woman has behaved in a way that "dishonors" her family is sufficient to trigger an attack on her life. The loose term "honor killing" applies to killing of both males and females in cultures that practice it. Some women who bridge social divides, publicly engage other communities, or adopt some of the customs or the religion of an outside group may be attacked. In countries that receive immigration, some otherwise low-status immigrant men and boys have asserted their dominant patriarchal status by inflicting honor killings on women family members who have participated in public life, for example in feminist and integration politics.
There is some evidence that homosexuality can also be perceived as grounds for honor killing by relatives. In Brazil, among rural regions but even in the metropolis, non-heterosexual children, specially boys or transgirls, can be killed if disclosed. It has roots in a more virulent version of Latin American machismo. However, it is more common for them to suffer some psychological and physical abuse without deadly consequences, be driven from their homes or be accepted, in varying degrees. People with higher educational levels, higher income, younger, female, residents of urban areas, irreligious persons, non-Christian religious minorities or Christians who are European or Asian descendants and Roman Catholics who are Afro-descendants, and people from the Southern, Southeastern and Central-Western regions, tend to better accept non-heterosexual children than other Brazilians. Anyway, the first time a non-heterosexual Brazilian suffers homophobia, biphobia or transphobia tends to be within the family among all social groups. Feminist groups characterize the dominant societal attitudes in Brazil as deeply sexist and homophobic, and this would be the reason for an abnormal number compared to more developed countries of non-heterosexual youth suffering bullying or committing suicide, and there is a number of homophobic extermination gangs even in regions where far-right and white supremacist groups being unimaginable. Brazil is already in #2 place of this kind of movement in Latin America after Argentina. Since this kind of violence which is usually motivated by extremist ideologies appears to have come with great strength and very quickly to the country despite its limitations within globalization and its unique features, homophobic extermination groups may have originated in a very homophobic culture native to Brazilian society.
Men can also be the victims of honor killings by members of the family of a woman with whom they are perceived to have an inappropriate relationship.

Honor killings have been reported in northern regions of India, mainly in the Indian states of Uttarakhand, Punjab, Rajasthan, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, as a result of people marrying without their family's acceptance, and sometimes for marrying outside their caste or religion. In contrast, honor killings are rare to non-existent in South India and the western Indian states of Maharashtra and Gujarat. In some other parts of India, notably West Bengal, honor killings ceased about a century ago, largely due to the activism and influence of reformists such as Vivekananda, Ramakrishna, Vidyasagar and Raja Ram Mohan Roy. Among Rajputs, marriages with members of other castes can provoke the killing of the married couple and immediate family members. This form of honor killing is attributedto Rajput culture and a traditional view on the perceived “purity” of a lineage.The Indian state of Punjab has a large number of honor killings. According to data compiled by the Punjab Police, 34 honor killings were reported in the state between 2008 and 2010: 10 in 2008, 20 in 2009, and four in 2010. Haryana and Uttarakhand are also notoriously known for incidents of honor killing which is mainly happens in the upper cast of society mainly rajputs and jaats. Bhagalpur in the northern Indian state of Bihar has also been notorious for honor killings.. In June 2010 some incidents were reported even from Delhi. In 1990 the National Commission for Women set up a statutory body in order to address the issues of honor killings among some ethnic groups in North India. This body reviewed constitutional, legal and other provisions as well as challenges women face. The NCW's activism has contributed significantly towards the reduction of honor killings in rural areas of North India. According to Pakistani activists Hina Jilani and Eman M. Ahmed, Indian women are considerably better protected against honor killings by Indian law and government than Pakistani women, and they have suggested that governments of countries affected by honor killings use Indian law as a model in order to prevent honor killings in their respective societies. In June 2010, scrutinizing the increasing number of honor killings, the Supreme Court of India issued notices to the Central Government and six states including Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana and Rajasthan to take preventive measures against honor killings. Alarmed by the rise of honor killings, the Government planned to bring a bill in the Monsoon Session of Parliament July 2010[to provide for deterrent punishment for 'honor' killings.
According to the report of the United Nations Special Rapporteur submitted to the 58th session of the United Nations Commission on Human Rights in 2002 concerning cultural practices in the family that reflect violence against women (E/CN.4/2002/83):
The Special Rapporteur indicated that there had been contradictory decisions with regard to the honour defense in Brazil, and that legislative provisions allowing for partial or complete defense in that context could be found in the penal codes of Argentina, Ecuador, Egypt, Guatemala, Iran, Israel, Jordan, Peru, Syria, Venezuela and the Palestinian National Authority.
Countries where the law is interpreted to allow men to kill female relatives in a premeditated effort as well as for crimes of passions, in flagrante delicto in the act of committing adultery, include:
Jordan: Part of article 340 of the Penal Code states that "he who discovers his wife or one of his female relatives committing adultery and kills, wounds, or injures one of them, is exempted from any penalty. This has twice been put forward for cancellation by the government, but was retained by the Lower House of the Parliament, in 2003: a year in which at least seven honor killings took place. Article 98 of the Penal Code is often cited alongside Article 340 in cases of honor killings. “Article 98 stipulates that a reduced sentence is applied to a person who kills another person in a ‘fit of fury’”.
Countries that allow men to kill female relatives in flagrante delicto (but without premeditation) include:
Syria: Article 548 states that "He who catches his wife or one of his ascendants, descendants or sister committing adultery (flagrante delicto) or illegitimate sexual acts with another and he killed or injured one or both of them benefits from a reduced penalty, that should not be less than 2 years in prison in case of a killing."
Countries that allow husbands to kill only their wives in flagrante delicto include:
Morocco: Revisions to Morocco's criminal code in 2003 helped improve women's legal status by eliminating unequal sentencing in adultery cases. Article 418 of the penal code granted extenuating circumstances to a husband who kills, injures, or beats his wife and/or her partner, when catching them in flagrante delicto while committing adultery. While this article has not been repealed, the penalty for committing this crime is at least now the same for both genders.
In two Latin American countries, similar laws were struck down over the past two decades: according to human rights lawyer Julie Mertus "in Brazil, until 1991 wife killings were considered to be non-criminal 'honor killings'; in just one year, nearly eight hundred husbands killed their wives. Similarly, in Colombia, until 1980, a husband legally could kill his wife for committing adultery."
Countries where honor killing is not legal but is known to occur include:
Turkey: In Turkey, persons found guilty of this crime are sentenced to life in prison. There are well documented cases, where Turkish courts have sentenced whole families to life imprisonment for an honor killing. The most recent was on January 13, 2009, where a Turkish Court sentenced five members of the same Kurdish family to life imprisonment for the "honor killing" of Naile Erdas, 16, who got pregnant as a result of rape.
Pakistan: Honor killings are known as karo Kari. The practice is supposed to be prosecuted under ordinary killing, but in practice police and prosecutors often ignore it. Often a man must simply claim the killing was for his honor and he will go free. Nilofar Bakhtiar, advisor to Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz, stated that in 2003, as many as 1,261 women were killed in honor killings. On December 8, 2004, under international and domestic pressure, Pakistan enacted a law that made honor killings punishable by a prison term of seven years or by the death penalty in the most extreme cases. Women's rights organizations were, however, wary of this law as it stops short of outlawing the practice of allowing killers to buy their freedom by paying compensation to the victim's relatives. Women's rights groups claimed that in most cases it is the victim's immediate relatives who are the killers, so inherently the new law is just whitewash. It did not alter the provisions whereby the accused could negotiate pardon with the victim's family under the Islamic provisions. In March 2005 the Pakistani parliament rejected a bill which sought to strengthen the law against the practice of honor killing. However, the bill was brought up again, and in November 2006, it passed. It is doubtful whether or not the law would actually help women.
Egypt: A number of studies on honor crimes by The Centre of Islamic and Middle Eastern Law, at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London, includes one which reports on Egypt's legal system, noting a gender bias in favor of men in general, and notably article 17 of the Penal Code: judicial discretion to allow reduced punishment in certain circumstance, often used in honor killings case.
Sharif Kanaana, professor of anthropology at Birzeit University, says that honor killing is:A complicated issue that cuts deep into the history of .. What the men of the family, clan, or tribe seek control of in a matrilineal society is reproductive power. Women for the tribe were considered a factory for making men. The honour killing is not a means to control sexual power or behavior. What's behind it is the issue of fertility, or reproductive power.
An Amnesty International statement adds:The regime of honor is unforgiving: women on whom suspicion has fallen are not given an opportunity to defend themselves, and family members have no socially acceptable alternative but to remove the stain on their honor by attacking the woman. The lawyer and human rights activist Hina Jilani says, "The right to life of women in Pakistan is conditional on their obeying social norms and traditions. Nighat Taufeeq of the women's resource center Shirkatgah (Lahore, Pakistan) says: "It is an unholy alliance that works against women: the killers take pride in what they have done, the tribal leaders condone the act and protect the killers and the police connive the cover-up." A July 2008 Turkish study by a team from Dicle University on honor killings in the Southeastern Anatolia Region, the predominantly Kurdish area of Turkey, has so far shown that little if any social stigma is attached to honor killing. It also comments that the practise is not related to a feudal societal structure, "there are also perpetrators who are well-educated university graduates. Of all those surveyed, 60 percent are either high school or university graduates or at the very least, literate."
1. The Widening Acumen Of Honor-Killings: The amount of honour killings appears to be steadily accretion as the acumen of what constitutes honour widens. There are honour killings for rape, for gluttonous alliance and for gluttonous divorce. Women are not accustomed a adventitious to bright up accessible misunderstandings. Tradition decrees alone one adjustment to restore honour-to annihilate the abaft woman.
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2. Misusing Honour Killings for Self Interests: This arrangement provides simple opportunities for the arrant to accomplish money, access a woman in declared advantage or to burrow added crimes, in the abreast authoritativeness that the honour killings, if they appear to cloister at all, will be dealt with leniently. As Nafisa Shah puts it, a accomplished 'honour killing industry' has sprung up with the ambit of pale holders including tribes, people, badge administering and affiliated mediators, "vested interests…use of alibi as a absolute awning for a aggregation of sins".
3. To Camouflage Murder: Reports abound about men who, accepting murdered a man over issues not affiliated with the honour, annihilate a woman of their own ancestors declared as kari to the murdered man as an honour killing. By bulging the annihilation as an honour killing, the assassin will escape the afterlife amends and will balk the charge to pay advantage for the murder.
4. Animalism for Money: The animalism for money appears to accept motivated abounding men to allege their mothers, wives or changeable ancestors of aspersing their families and killing them in adjustment to abstract a advantage from the declared Karos who escape the killings. A man in apple Gujrani, dead his 85-year-old mother as kari in 1992 and acquired 25,000 Rs from the man he declared the karo.
5. Acreage And land: The admiration to access acreage may as well lie abaft some affected honour killings. "Land is the capital affair in Sindh society, all the blow follows from that. If a woman owns land; her brother may annihilate her to get land; but even poor families now-a-days imitate this arrangement even admitting there is no acreage to grab, artlessly to ascertain themselves as equals in the system".
Individuals may be at serious risk from familial violence through any display of autonomy, particularly in the area of sexuality, reproduction and lifestyle choices. Particularly hazardous factors are: 1. Loss of virginity 2.Causing gossip
3. Refusing an arranged marriage 4. Non-approved relationships
5. Seeking divorce 6. Ideological conflicts
7. Homosexuality 8.Child custody issues
9. Running away from home 10. Coming home late
11. Dress or make-up deemed inappropriate 12. Rape
13. Fleeing/reporting domestic violence/forced marriage
14. Pregnancy (if suspected that the child may have been conceived outside a relationship approved by the family)


The culturally ingrained attitudes and social factors toward the traditional roles of men and women, as well as the views of women’s virginity and fidelity, which I have explained previously, have and continue to lead people to commit ‘honor’ killings in certain societies. These values combined with the presence of the relatively condoned practice, depending on the region or country, leads to the perpetuation of its occurrence. There is often immense social pressure within a family or a community which leads people to continue to enforce these codes of behavior either through killing someone in the name of ‘honor’, acting as a compliant, or enforcing gender roles in symbolic or structural ways on an everyday basis. ‘Honor’ killings, however, act as the most pervasive deterrent for modes of behavior that are considered unacceptable. In any society, sometimes men and women who feel as though they don’t fit into the prescribed gender roles of their culture will use certain tools or means to ‘prove’ to society and themselves that they belong to these roles. Men who may feel unsure about their gender or ‘masculine’ identity in societies where ‘honor’ killings occur, may be more likely to commit ‘honor’ killings as a means of demonstrating their dominance and trying to show that they fit in. Most often, however, those who commit ‘honor’ killings are often the younger brothers or relatives of a woman, because minors receive lesser sentences, and this is usually something that is forced on them. The psychological effects of the occurrence of ‘honor’ killings are very detrimental. The presence of this violent practice induces a great deal of fear and many burdens on women, as they are most often the victims. It threatens the safety, physical, and mental health of women, as ‘honor’ killings not only work as a mode of social control, but a fear tactic, creating an environment of anxiety and risk. A four-year study at the University Psychiatry Department at Karachi, Pakistan, found that 66% of their psychiatric patients were female, of whom 70% had been victims of violence and 80% had struggled with domestic conflicts. (Children who have bore witness to or are aware of their mothers, sisters, or other relatives being victims of ‘honor’ killings, are often incredibly traumatized, and face an increased risk for behavioral issues, substance abuse, and/or repeating the cycle of ‘honor’ killings. This is an important example of how cultural values can construct a mindset. In this case, the effects of the mindset can be very serious indeed, and act to perpetuate very fearful notions
The experience and trauma of ‘honour’-related violence inevitably leaves psychological after-effects which may need to be addressed.
These include:
1. Internalising her second-class status 2. Living in constant fear
3. Hyper-vigilance 4. Post-traumatic shock disorder
5. Loss of self-esteem 6. Feelings of guilt and shame
7. Self-blame 8. Suicidal thoughts
9. Depression 10. Dependency
11. Isolation 12. Flashbacks
13. Nightmares

Superficially, domestic and honour-related violence have many factors in common; however the risks of honour-violence are much more exacting in terms of support and domestic violence resources may not be adequate to address the needs of potential victims of honour-motivated violence.
1. Victims of HRV face many potential aggressors from the extended family, whereas a victim of DV more often has only one known aggressor
2. HRV are often premeditated and planned with the collusion of the entire family who may instigate elaborate stratagems to enact the crime.
3. Criminals committing murders in the name of ‘honour’ may receive a degree of community support (including from the family of the victim) which a domestic abuser would not enjoy
4. Families wishing to carry out an ‘honour’ related crime may resort to using professional agencies of bounty hunters and hit-men which is unusual in domestic violence casesFew statistics on HRV are available in Europe and this is due to its categorisation as a form of domestic violence which obscures the true extent of the phenomenon.

Nirupama Pathak case: 'She was bolted in bathroom by family members'

Nirupama Pathak – a name that has, of late, hit headlines in the national as well as international media. She was a 22-year-old journalist, reportedly three-month pregnant, who was found dead in the last week of April at her family home in Jharkhand. Nirupama’s family claims that she committed suicide, but the post-mortem report tells a different story altogether.
“The parents were frequently changing their statements. First, her mother said she died due to electrocution. Later, the family members produced a suicide note and said she killed herself by hanging from the ceiling fan. The post-mortem report says she was murdered by smothering. It also revealed that she was 10-12 weeks pregnant,” Koderma police superintendent Kranti Singh said.
Nirupama’s fault: she fell in love with a boy from another caste. The girl hails from the family of Brahmins, while her boyfriend, Priyabhanshu Ranjan, comes from different caste. “There are indications that family pride was the prime motive behind the murder,” a police spokesman told reporters. The case once again highlights how common `honour killings` are in India. However, there are no official figures for the number of caste-related murders, because most of these cases go unreported, the perpetrators unpunished, but occupy the columns and slots of print and broadcast media quite often.
Nirupama’s mother, Sudha Devi, has been arrested. And if the charge is proved against her, it will be a rare case in which an educated middle-class woman will face trial for killing her own daughter. There are many Nirupamas not only in India, but in many societies, who are burnt alive, strangulated, shot, tortured, all in the name of preserving honour of the family. What reputation does the family deserve after committing such a monstrous offence?

Husband cut off wife's ears, nose on Eid day

Qalat: A man named Mumtaz in southern Zabul province of Afghanistan first shaved wife, Nazia’s head and then cut off her ears, and nose and damaged her teeth on the first day of Eid ul Adha, an Islamic ritual of sacrifice.
Hospital sources in Qalat, center of Zabul, told this scribe by phone that Nazia, 17, was admitted on Wednesday (First day of Eid) evening and now she was in a critical condition due to the severe beating she has borne.
Provincial Police Chief of Zabul, Gen. Mohammad Yaqub Khan, when contacted, confirmed this brutal incident and confessed that the police were still unable to arrest the man. ‘The police are searching for him, he has disappeared’ Khan added.
Moreover, he told that a brother of the culprit was police officer who is currently under investigation. According to a resident of the area, the husband and wife were recently moved to Zabul from eastern Paktiya province for unknown reasons.
The abused woman Nazia, lying on her hospital bed and uncertain about her future, told that her husband, twice her age, had suspicions about her behavoir. She added 'I swore to him many times that I was faithful to him but he did not believed. He used to beat me. A few days before Eid, she shaved my head and beat me severely. On the first day of the Eid, he cut my ears, then my nose, then damaged my teeth and beat me until my hands and legs were broken.''I was second wife of Mumtaz. The first wife was already killed by him' she added with a flow of tears from her eyes.A report of BBC Pashto adds that many women in Zabul province has protested on Saturday against this brutal act and demanded immediate arrest of the beast. 'We condemn this and we declare it the worst violation against the women' said a protester.
Fauzia Younasi, the provincial director of the women department has visited the hospital and shown her concerns over the matter. She ordered the doctors to do their best to save her life. 'She has suffered so much, she is beaten severly, her ears and nose is cut off, her teeth are totally damaged so she cant speak' she told media.
Residents of the area told that Nadia was married to this man one year ago.
The war-torn country is being to lead on a slow pace to democracy and political stability but violations against human rights, especially in the southern and eastern provinces, are still common. 'Legal reforms designed to protect women are not implemented and women continued to be detained for breaching social mores. There was a rise in cases of "honour" killings of women and self-immolation by women' says Amnesty International 2007 Report on Afghanistan.

Women, girls and men at risk of ‘honour’ crime or ‘honour’ murder often understate the risk they are under. It is essential to take any suggestions of ‘honour’ crime or forced marriage with the utmost seriousness. The following warning signs are indicative of violent and patriarchal attitudes which may lead to forced marriage, extreme violence and murder. The hallmark of this form of crime is violent control. Any intensification in abusive and violent behaviour may well indicate that a planned attack is imminent.
1. History of violence within the family
2. Forced marriage; whether it is the complainant’s marriage or other instances of coerced marriage within the family circle
3. Restriction of movement; an intensification of restrictions or imprisonment may indicate that an attack is imminent
4. Restrictions of freedom; including free choices of friends and clothingn Threats of violence; insults and abuse
5. Constant surveillance by members of the family and extended family
6. Suicide attempts or suicidal behaviour
7. Sudden travel to the ‘home’ country
Families set on enacting an ‘honour’ murder will try to exploit police and other services to carry out their crime. They may, for example, register a person who has fled the risk of murder as a missing person or accuse them of committing a crime in order to use the police as accomplices to track down a family member for the purposes of murder. Be aware also, that one in nine ‘honour’ murders in the UK are performed by professional hitmen and that bounty hunters may also be used.

The most important and dangerous time for victims is when they seek help from the services. Service providers may only have this one chance to provide effective support and potentially to save a life. IKWRO have a three point plan for public service providers to give advice in their production of protocols to assist potential victims of ‘honour’
Be aware
1. Provide training for all frontline staff in the nature and reality of ‘honour’ killing
2. Raise awareness within the affected communities, amongst men and women, and particularly young people
3. Provide publicity materials translated into the appropriate languages
Be ready
Policies and protocols to deal with potential victims of ‘honour’ crime should be established in advance of any demands on the service: the danger and risk is too real to leave their development to the time when the need arises.
1. Create plans to deal with every contingency in advance
2. Build links with other agencies, including police and solicitors
3. Plan for the protection of a wide range of service users: old, young, male, female, with or without children, employed, unemployed, and with all levels of linguistic ability
4. Ensure the safety of all shelters and housing
5. Establish a specific unit to deal with survivors
6. Find ways to prosecute the perpetrators
1. Treat all potential victims with the utmost sensitivity and seriousness
2. Do not make assumptions based on perceptions of ‘cultural difference’.
3. Avoid racist attitudes
4. Do not pass judgement
5. NEVER send a potential victim back to their family
6. DO NOT attempt mediation with the family

Individuals at risk of ‘honour’-related violence may not seek help immediately. It is important to recognise and where possible address the factors which may inhibit a person from seeking help.
1. Lack of awareness of their human rights and their rights under British law and Lack of awareness of the services available to help them
2. Feelings of guilt and shame
3. Protective feelings towards family
4. Low self-esteem and lack of confidence
6. Poor perception of the police and other agencies
7. Fear of poor confidentiality
8. Fear of losing children
9. Fear of aggravating their situation
10. Language problems
11. Asylum status
12. Risk of deportation
13. No recourse to public funding

1. Establish a means of continued contact immediately; you may only have one chance to make a difference
2. Consider using a codeword to establish that you are talking to the right person
3. Arrange meetings in neutral sites; be aware the victim may be followed
4. Never meet the victim at a sensitive location such as a hostel or safe-house
5. Always use official interpreters; never use family, friends, relations or community figures
6. Meetings must take place in absolute privacy, no-one must be able to overhear the conversations, even friends of the victim
7. Confidentiality is essential; particularly from the family, but also from other community members
8. Do not allow prejudices to colour your treatment of a victim; do not make comments about their culture. Restrict your intervention to the facts of the case
9. Make sure your victim has a contact that they feel comfortable with; this may be a member of the same or opposite sex, or their own, or another community. Some potential victims are very concerned with confidentiality and may feel more relaxed with a person of a different background.

Asylum, immigration and public funds

Women with insecure immigration status are very difficult to help due to the regulation stipulating that failed asylum seekers have ‘no recourse to public funding’. Their insecure status leaves them extremely vulnerable to abuse, where partners and others can treat them with extreme violence in relative impunity, in the knowledge that if they are reported to the police or other authorities, the woman faces deportation to a country where she faces ostracism or even murder as a divorced or separated woman. It can be impossible to find shelters that are able to accept women in need of them because of the restriction on public funds, and as asylum hearings can be very slow, often shelters are required for more than short term protection. Southall Black Sisters estimate that there are at least 500 victims of violence who are affected by these regulations and they are amongst the organisations spearheading the campaign for the abolition of this discriminatory regulation.

1. Police to perform full risk assessments
2. National protection scheme, including the provision of new identities and histories
3. National advisory group for ‘honour’ related crime
4. Councils to provide secure accommodation to potential victims nationwide
5. Mandatory training in ‘honour’ related crime for all service providers
6. Dedicated ‘honour’ related crime team/officer within each police force and all London boroughs
7. Long-term, secured resources for all organizations providing support to survivors and help to potential victims
8. Abolition of ‘no recourse to public funding’ regulations for victims of violence


There are various misconceptions regarding the practice of honor killing. The first misconception about honor killing is that this is a practice that is limited to the rural areas. The truth is that it is spread over such a large geographical area that we cannot isolate honor killings to rural areas only, though one has to admit that majority of the killings take place in the rural areas. But it has also been seen recently that even the metropolitan cities like Delhi and Tamil Nadu are not safe from this crime because 5 honor killings were reported from Delhi and in Tamil Nadu.The second misconception regarding honor killing is that it has religious roots. Even if a woman commits adultery, there have to be four male witnesses with good behavior and reputation to validate the charge. Furthermore only the State can carry out judicial punishments, but never an individual vigilante. So, we can clearly see that there is no religious backing or religious roots for this heinous crime.What can we do to prevent such a thing from happening? Firstly, the mentality of the people has to change. And when we say that the mentality has to change, we mean to say that parents should accept their children’s wishes regarding marriage as it is they who have to lead a life with their life partners and if they are not satisfied with their life partner then they will lead a horrible married life which might even end in suicide. Secondly, we need to have stricter laws to tackle these kinds of killings as this is a crime which cannot be pardoned because. Humans do not have the right to write down death sentences of innocent fellow humans. Parents think that they are some manufacturing units and their children (of all ages) are their products
Parents think that their sons and daughters have no life of their own. And they have all rights to use and abuse their sons and daughters
The whole concept of human rights and child rights are alien to Indian parents
Indian parents are experts at emotional blackmailing
Parents think that they have done some favor to their wards by giving birth to them (which is wrong as kids are born out of sex, a pleasant activity. and people give birth to kids because it gives pleasure to them)
Parents think that they have done some favor to their wards by bringing them up (which is wrong as parents bring kids up just for their self-interest of helping them in their old age)
Psychologically speaking, parents unconsciously abuse their wards to take revenge for the abuse they had themselves suffered at their own parents' hands (someone please stop this barbarity in the name of tradition and so-called family respect)

Are people who kill their sons and daughters in name of caste any better than terrorists who kill people in the name of religion?
Killing in the name of preserving honour only brings dishonor to the family……


Primary source: internet secondary source: newspaper articles and books on honour killing

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