“Brother’s duo arrested for honour killing of sister in Gujarat.”
“Pregnant Muslim women burnt alive by her family members for marrying Dalit in Karnataka.”
“Man kills her married daughter for extra marital affairs in Rajasthan.”
Like these others (mostly women) who dare to love across the caste and community are either killed or injured brutally in the name of family honour. Honour killing refers to the killing of family member mainly females by the other family members or by people of same community in order to savour the pride of their family or community. The main reason for honour killing is the belief that the person had brought dishonor to the family by refusing for arrange marriage, being in relationship with opposite or same sex which is disapproved by family, desiring to marry by own choice, having dress code detested by family or community, victim of rape, engaging in certain sexual acts, etc. Along with this the most marked reason for committing honour killing in India is the caste system, where in certain areas people refuse to change their mindset to marriages.
How it can be a crime to love outside the boundaries of caste and community or to have the basic birth rights of ‘Right To Live’ and ‘Right To Freedom’ ..?? ..?? Man turned into manslaughter, family turned into murderer and the victims are leftover with no life to live. Is it so punishable that they become the victim of such inhuman act and are killed by their own family members…?? Where is our 21st century humanity gone..?? Where are our universal values..??
Usually women get targeted by their family for immoral activities and are murdered by the hands of male family members which include their fathers, brothers, even husbands and sometimes mob too carry out such crimes to maintain the purity of honour and restoring the pride. Men too get victims of these killings who are discerned to have relationship with women of those families. A place where women are considered as family’s honour witnessed a brutal honour killing in Rajasthan, India. A 20-year-old divorced daughter, Manju was beheaded by her father with a sword when she came back after eloping with a man. Instead favouring Manju beheading her, made her father feel more respected. Even in Ramayana, where Ravan’s sister, Surpnakha had done ‘Gandharva Vivah’ with army chief ‘Viduth Julvey’ in a place called ‘Kalikey’. Ravan took it as an insult to his family and to maintain his respect, he killed her husband. Honour killing is prevalent since ancient times which needs to be ceased.
The legal system of India is forbearing the honour killings done by the Khap panchayat community in villages(existing in the northern region) of India which gives strict punishments based on old customs and traditions. Even with increase in the number of crimes in the name of honour across India, governments have no specific laws and displayed criminal negligence in their approach to these crimes. But far reaching on International law ‘Honour killing’ is against Human Rights and United Nation agendas. In a country where codified laws are practiced customary laws should be valued less in such heinous crimes like ‘Honour Killings’. Not only the victims get affected by these crimes but it leave the society unrest and minds of other youngsters to commit suicide in a fear of being killed for such acts.
Why society don’t understand that having inter-caste love marriages, pre-marital sexual relations or post-marital relationships does not condemn the right to live of these people. There is no honour in honour killing, it is a ‘Shame Killing’, for the reason that they do not mind in killing their own children for the status and position of family in society which value more than their children’s happiness. If a 18 year old child has the right to elect the nation representative then he/she also has the right to choose his/her own personal life decision. The family should understand that killing is not the solution more than that it is ill-judged, unacceptable and sinful act and the people practicing such crimes should get illiberal and harsh punishments. Honour killing should be deplore so as to save many innocent lives as no culture and religion give the right for wrongdoing or killing women or men based on the perception of family honour.