English_Master February 24, 2016 No Comments
HONOUR KILLLINGS SHAME TO THE COUNTRY  Much as the name refers—murder to save one’s honour. Murder of one who is trusted the most, loved the most, and very strangely murder by one’s own relatives for whom their honour is more beloved than their own beloved ones. Hundreds, if not thousands, of women are murdered by their families each year in the name of family “honour.” It’s difficult to get precise numbers on the phenomenon of honour killing, the murders frequently go unreported, the perpetrators unpunished, and the concept of family honour justifies the act in the eyes of some communities. Honour killings are frequent, mainly in the Indian State of Punjab, Rajasthan, Haryana and Bihar. Among Rajputs, marriages with other caste male/female instigate killings of the married couple and family. This is unique form of honour killing related to the militant culture of ethnic Rajputs, who, despite the forces of modernization and the pressures of decolonization, subscribe to medieval views concerning the ‘preservation’ of perceived ‘purity’ of their lineage. It is a false notion that honour killings only involve the killing of women. Men are equally victims of this practice, especially when it affects the reputation of a particular caste and community. Many grooms have been killed by the...
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