Stop Honour Killings: it’s not just a project…- by Boglarka Balogh

Published August 23, 2014

Book detailing ‘honour killings’ in India, told by those you’ve likely never heard of: the runaway couples and their helpers. In the early months of 2011, while on a long train journey heading to New Delhi, I sat next to and had a long conversation with a young girl called Haarti. She was fearing for her life and was on the run from her family as she was in love with a boy from a different caste who her parents would never accept. The lovers’ only hope was the ’Love Commandos’, an activist group who tries to protect and help […]

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Girl shot dead by father for marrying against his wish

Published August 18, 2014

Sambhal: In a suspected case of dishonour killing, a girl was allegedly shot dead by her father in Baniyather area, police said on Monday. The 22-year-old girl was shot dead by her father Ram Chandra, with a country-made fire-arm in Narauli town on Sunday evening, Station Officer Kunj Bihari Mishra said. Prima facie it seemed to be a case of dishonour killing as the girl had married against her father’s wish, he said adding, the accused has been arrested.  Read More …

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Honour killing? 22-year-old girl shot dead by brother over affair

Published July 31, 2014

In a suspected case of honour killing, a 22-year-old girl was shot dead allegedly by her brother who was opposed to her relationship with a boy in Loee village in Muzaffarnagar. The girl was shot dead by her brother Arshad following heated arguments over the matter on Wednesday, Deputy SP R N Sharma told reporters on Thursday. The body has been sent for postmortem. Read More …

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Cop cover for woman facing ‘honour’ killing threat

Published July 19, 2014

CHENNAI: The Madras high court on Friday ordered police protection, if necessary, to a Rajasthani woman who apprehended “honour killing” at the hands of her own family members for marrying a Tamil man. Manju (19) married a youth from Coimbatore in April this year and her parents, who were opposed to the marriage, took her to Rajasthan by force. After her husband, C Sudhagar, approached the court with a habeas corpus petition, court summoned her on July 10. But that day Manju said she wanted to go with her parents.  Read More …

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Let’s stop talking about ‘honour killing’. There is no honour in murder!

Published June 23, 2014

Every time the term “honour killing” is used, we view the murder of women through the eyes of their killers. By adding the word “honour” to killing, we use the language of those who justify this odious crime on the basis of “honourable” motives. We use the language of their excuses. We must stop doing this. Linguistic labels matter. The term “honour killing” not only cedes too much power to the perpetrator, but is offensive to survivors and women. Instead, we need to see the crime through the eyes of those attacked, because these acts of gender violence attack something […]

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Family strangulates girl, hangs body to pass it off as suicide

Published May 13, 2014

In a case of honour killing, a 14-year-old girl was strangulated to death by her family members who later hanged her body to pass it off as a case of suicide in Mirzapur Jagir village of Bareilly, police said on Monday. The victim, a class 8 student was spotted with her paramour by her family members while she was going to market on Sunday. He family later strangulated her and hanged her body from the ceiling to make it appear like a case of suicide, Circle Officer Nawabganj Digambar Kushwaha said. Read More …

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Indian engineer dies in honour killing

Published March 25, 2014

The parents of an IT engineer who married her low caste boyfriend lured her home with the promise of a family wedding reception and then allegedly strangled her. A 25 year old software engineer’s traditional bride’s mehendi tattoo was still fresh on her hands when her body was discovered at her family home near Hyderabad. The death has highlighted the rising number of honour killings in India as more mixed caste-couples form relationships in defiance of their families. There are more than 1,000 ‘honour killings’ in India every year of couples who reject ‘love marriages’ to marry for love. Read […]

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Honor killing in India: Muslim family beheads daughter’s boyfriend

Published February 8, 2014

The couple had fled in order to get married, but the girl’s family lured them back. This is an Islamic phenomenon, and can only be stopped if it is confronted as such. Muslims commit 91 percent of honor killings worldwide. A manual of Islamic law certified as a reliable guide to Sunni orthodoxy by Al-Azhar University, the most respected authority in Sunni Islam, says that “retaliation is obligatory against anyone who kills a human being purely intentionally and without right.” However, “not subject to retaliation” is “a father or mother (or their fathers or mothers) for killing their offspring, or offspring’s […]

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OP-ED: Honour Killings – India’s Crying Shame

Published November 30, 2013

DOHA, Nov 30 2013 (IPS) – According to statistics from the United Nations, one in five cases a year of honour killings internationally comes from India. Of the 5000 cases reported internationally, 1000 are from India. Non-governmental organisations put the number at four times this figure. They claim it is around 20,000 cases globally every year. While traditionally occurring in villages and smaller towns in India, honour killings have been on the rise and are reported sporadically in the media. The double murder of a 14-year-old school girl and a 50-year-old domestic in a New Delhi suburb with its honour […]

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Indian Court Finds Parents Guilty in Honor Slaying

Published November 26, 2013

In one of India’s most highly awaited verdicts, the parents of Aarushi  Talwar, a 14-year-old schoolgirl, have been found guilty of murdering her  and their domestic helper. Rajesh and Nupur Talwar, dentists in their late 40s from Noida — a satellite  town around 20 kms from New Delhi — will be sentenced on Tuesday afternoon. Read More …

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