International Journal of Law
International Journal of Law
International Journal of Law
Vol. 7, Issue 5 (2021)

Honour killings in India: Provisions under Indian penal code


Srijana Agrawal

An honour killing can be described as the traditional practice of killing a family member who is believed to have brought shame on the family. Honour killing is basically an act of murder by the family members. It is the dirty behaviour of the members thinking about the purity of their family instead of the life of one. It is done to eradicate the dishonour and shame brought by family member. The male member or any family member kills the one who looks to love the person not matching with their social status. We can also say that it is a pre-planned murder for which caste and religion are the main reasons. An honour killing can also be defined as extra-judicial punishment generally given to a female relative for assumed sexual and marriage offences. These offences are considered as a misdeed, insult or rebelling against concerned customs and traditions. For the perpetrators of this practice, it is an act of shame caused to the family for which it is otherwise called as shame killing. In India, mostly in states like Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana and Rajasthan, practice of honour killing is extensive. Due to the complexity of socio-cultural problems, the crime of honour killing is divulging at a higher rate. We have gained our independence and now after more than 70 years some people think the cast more superior than the life of a child. India is a democratic country where every citizen has right to equality and right to life as well. But here we see that caste, society and narrow- minded thinking of the people led to this shameful act of Honour killing. Mostly these types of acts are caused due to trigger done by the relatives, society, neighbours by whom the accused fells dishonoured and gets provoked. In all over the world, women proved themselves equal to men but when it comes of honour killing then these occur mostly with female who are assumed for sexual and marital offences. In situation everyone should be a support for that particular member are against her and brings the situation where they should not exist. Caste and status are the main reason for honour killing in present time. This study target to educate the society and bring out the seriousness of the crime Honour killing.
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Srijana Agrawal. Honour killings in India: Provisions under Indian penal code. International Journal of Law, Volume 7, Issue 5, 2021, Pages 176-178
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