Honor Killing in India: Need for Reforms

  • Bhagavan Singh and Dr. Rana Parveen
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  • Bhagavan Singh

    Research Scholar at Shri Venkateshwara University, Gajraula, Amroha, U.P., India

  • Dr. Rana Parveen

    Research Supervisor at Shri Venkateshwara University, Gajraula, Amroha, U.P., India

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Nobody should violate the court rule, otherwise faced accusation of breaking the law. Two adults are free to marry and “no third party” has a right to harass or cause harm to them, stated by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra, speaking against honour killings in India. Honour killing is defined as the killing of a relative, especially a girl, woman and a man perceived to bring dishonour to the family. As per the National Crime Records Bureau, Data 2015 India reported 251 honour killings in 2015, showing a significant rise in killings of people who feel that they are acting in defence of the integrity of their families. The state reported 34 honour killings between 2008 and 2010. There was a rising case of honour killing in India more than 300 cases reported from the last three years. Honour killings have been mostly reported in northern regions of India, mainly in the states of Punjab, Rajasthan, Haryana, and Uttar Pradesh as a result of people marrying without their family’s acceptance, and sometimes for marrying outside their caste or religion. Honour killings are also widespread in South India and the western Indian states of Maharashtra and Gujarat. Here in this article, the author addresses the current situation, developments in law and amendments needed to improve the current scenario? Honour killing is an act of murder by members of the family. This would be the immoral conduct of the members of the family belief in caste and gotras above one’s life. It is done to remove a family member’s dishonour and shame.


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International Journal of Law Management and Humanities, Volume 5, Issue 6, Page 1552 - 1562

DOI: https://doij.org/10.10000/IJLMH.113956

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