Friday, June 25, 2010

Honour killing is no Honour

The word “ Honour killing” is witnessing day by day not only in the country capital but also has grappeled the lanes of the villages. It is candid that love marriages might have gone up in the metros in our country but the reality remains different in the villages in many other states like Haryana and Jharkhand . The murder of Nirupma pathak in the month of May this year and now the murder of Monica Kuldeep and Shobha in a same incident in the country capital has raised the voice to strengthen the law .

“It is not a civil society, it is a brainwashed society and this is an unsocial Behavior
such killings happen in order to save the Honour of the caste, community or family. Caste still remains one of the most important factors governing the lives of many people in some parts of India.

Honour killing, where men or women are killed by their kin or other members of their caste, is still very rampant in many parts of the country But the question is: why this heinous crime is committed?Why Honour is becoming the matter of pride for the people who in the name of Honour kill their loving ones .

India's social system is based on a caste hierarchy but over the years people living in the cities have come out of the rigid caste framework. There has been an increase in the number of inter-caste marriages between couples in the cities. This may be called an unsocial behavior, where the narrow thinking of the people claim the lives. It is a brainwashed society If people are civilized and well educated why they are doing this crime.

The huge number of honour killings that sometimes go unrecorded happen because of inter-caste marriages. They revolve around issues such as runaway marriages or relationships between people of different castes. In many cases the groom or the bride has been killed for marrying someone from a lower caste.

In fact the government helps those above the age of eighteen in such matters. But somehow the laws never seem to reach the villages, and they continue to function on their own belief system. The problem in the villages is the strong presence of a panchayat or informal court that consists of members of the same caste and decides all matters relating to their community.
This informal 'court' passes judgement on issues of marital discord and land disputes, water disputes and so on. Many times, villagers give more importance to judgements passed by this self-appointed court than the judgements passed by the local legalcourt, often referred to as 'legal panchayat'.


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