Honour Killing Essay

1126 Words Sep 3rd, 2011 5 Pages
What is Honour Killing? * An honour killing (also called a customary killing) happens when a person is murdered by a family member out of the belief or suspicion that the victim has brought shame to the family, clan or community.Murdering the person is believed to salvage the family’s honour. * An honor killing or honour killing(also called a customary killing) is the killing of a member of a family or social group by other members, due to the belief of the perpetrators that the victim has brought dishonour upon the family or community. Honour killings are directed mostly against women and girls.
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Those who cannot afford resort to female feticide or abandon the girl child. Further, despite a law prohibiting child marriage, a Unicef report says that over 47% girls (27% in urban and 56% in rural) in India are being married before the legal age of 18 years, leading to high maternal and neonatal mortality rate. One of the main reasons parents in rural areas marry their daughters at the early age (often misfit match) is dowry.
Further, the Domestic Violence Act 2005 was brought to protect women in the family from mental and physical violence but it has failed to make any impact. Studies reveal that over 95% of women don’t report domestic violence but still 81,344 domestic violence cases were registered in 2008 and 75,930 in 2007 in courts. The PCPNDT ACT prohibits female feticide but every year over one million girls are being killed before taking birth. The law has neither been able to deter people nor restrain doctors from indulging in the heinous crime. Killing the girl child before birth has today taken the shape of a multi-crore industry in states like Haryana, Punjab and Uttar Pradesh, where the child sex ratio has at many places has gone down below 750.
Clearly, many things made illegal by the law are considered morally correct by society. the education system has also failed in inculcating moral values, be it rural or urban population. “Honour killing” also have a gender angle. Most killings

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