When I first got to reading about this age-old concept, it did not occur to be as a drastic or an unforeseeable concept. India, for one is not regarded as being the one with the most forwards mindset of the all. Unfortunately the people of India have not been able to move past their aboriginal mindset. Much may have to do with the caste-system and the clash between major religions, day in and day out. That is a tangent we do not want to delve into, in this article. Therefore we will stick around to the notorious though out of the spotlight or rather a socially avoided concept, which our legislation has failed to bring into consideration, till today. The first time I got to reading about the term Honour Killing, it struck me as vengeance with a twist. Now it is important to understand why this phenomenon takes place in the first scenario. Perhaps a deeper link to it’s roots, guides us through patriarchy. Is it because in India, till date, patriarchy remains a very strong concept and one which is widely followed, in most third world countries. Patriarchy is not necessarily a flawed supposition.
However to simply cut to the chase, Honour killing usually is a practice prevalent in the Northern part of India, but is not restricted to that segment alone. Cases have been noted in Haryana, Uttar-Pradesh and Punjab. There have been fewer cases in Delhi, however the capital has still noted some cases nevertheless.
Honour killings usually take place when the woman from the family does not adhere to age-old caste and cultural norms and decides to marry outside her original caste or religion.
The basic reason behind honour killings is the idea that a family’s honour is tied to a woman’s chastity. Thus, a wide range of causes can trigger honour killing such as marital infidelity, pre-marital intercourse, having unapproved relationships, refusing an arranged marriage or even rape.
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It remains to be seen if India is effectively able to address this tug of war between tradition and modernity.
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