Honor Crimes: The Ruthlessness of Indian Society

  • Karanpreet Singh
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  • Karanpreet Singh

    Student at Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar, India

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Honor killings, a heinous crime rooted in notions of family honor and societal norms, continue to plague India despite the country's commitment to democracy, equality, and human rights. This paper explores the persistent trend of honor killings in India and delves into the various factors contributing to its prevalence. It sheds light on the lack of legal redress, governmental negligence, and the influence of powerful individuals and khap panchayats (community councils). Furthermore, the absence of specific legislation to address honor crimes, high levels of illiteracy, and the rigid caste system contribute to the perpetuation of this crime. The Indian Constitution offers strong protections against such acts, with provisions emphasizing equality, freedom of religion, and the right to life. Legal provisions and penalties for offenders are outlined, ranging from murder and attempted murder charges to criminal conspiracy. Key judicial decisions, such as the landmark Shakti Vahini v. Union of India case, emphasize the need to curb honor crimes and hold those responsible accountable. The paper also highlights recent cases of honor killings, illustrating the ongoing brutality faced by individuals who defy societal norms in their choice of partners. Despite these challenges, India's judiciary has taken a firm stance against honor killings, emphasizing that such acts have no place in a modern, democratic society. This paper ultimately calls for stronger legal measures, societal awareness, and the dismantling of regressive traditions to eradicate the scourge of honor killings in India and ensure the protection of individual rights and freedoms.




International Journal of Law Management and Humanities, Volume 6, Issue 5, Page 1923 - 1935

DOI: https://doij.org/10.10000/IJLMH.115792

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