A Socio-Legal Study on Honour Killing: A Menace to the Indian Society

  • Kriti Jha and Harshita Rai
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  • Kriti Jha

    Student at School of Legal Studies, CMR University, India

  • Harshita Rai

    Student at School of Legal Studies, CMR University, India

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Every society or religions has its own customs, believes and practices and these acts as a norms which have been followed by them from decades in the form of rules, any person acting in contrary to those are subjected in the light of ‘dishonoring’ the family and the individuals, generally the head of the family, believes he has the right to take actions amounting to any extent in order to rectify the wrong done by the other member of the family. In general cases these ‘actions’ are ‘killing’ that person, but they often forget that killing for honour itself is a very honourless approach to make amends. The criminal law in India does not specifically specifies ‘honour killing’ within its Scope but the concept can be found in the Sections for murder and its related provisions. The researcher in this paper would try to critically analyze the concept of honour killing under the ambit of criminal law in India. This paper would try to form an understanding of how honour killing and murders are similar in nature, if at all, by taking the examples of the various instances happening in India involving the same issues. The researcher would also try to study whether there is any honour in honouring killing and is there any need for an amendment to involve honour killing exclusively in the codified laws for crimes in India.


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International Journal of Law Management and Humanities, Volume 6, Issue 6, Page 32 - 43

DOI: https://doij.org/10.10000/IJLMH.116078

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