Honour Killing or honouring the killers: Distorted Facets of Law
Offences committed against women are taking distorted shapes day by day making innocent lives more and more miserable. These offences are endless …..and more shameful if committed by her own family members in the name of ‘honour killing’ just for the sake of preserving the so called honour of the family. These traditional violent practices are nothing but crime that has been committed against women in certain communities and societies for so long that they are considered part of accepted practice. These atrocious practices prevalent in the society in one form or the other, are a slur on the nation and all public policy initiatives should be to wipe out these heinous crimes. These crimes are nothing but ‘cold blooded murders’ and the perpetrators of these crimes should be given the maximum punishment. The article makes a probe on the issues involved in ‘honour based crimes’ which poses serious questions like why legislative provisions are allowing either partial or complete defense to the perpetrators of the crime? Whose honour is exactly at issue? Whether these crimes do not amount to violation of human rights? Is this not a ‘cold blooded murder’? Whether the Constitution gives a fundamental right to individuals to make their own choice in marriage? Who is going to enforce their prohibition and how? and strongly recommends for need of a stringent law that punishes not only those who are murderers, but also those who stand as mute spectators and are directly or indirectly involved with the murder.