Honour killing to keep on in India- Nowadays a new term is getting lots of media attentions and it is nothing other than honour killings. It may be the term is new to you and being a self-claimed intellectual residing in any Indian metropolis; you have got confused a lot owing to the same. Well, I am also baffled due to the same albeit not alien to the definition of this societal saga. Prior to that let me clarify that honour killing is not any new development. On the contrary, it has been existing in almost every culture, religion, ethnicity across the globe even though its intensity is higher in the sphere of South Asia.
Honor killing, to put it briefly, happens to be the slaying of a (especially female) family or clan member by the family members, wherein the perpetrators (and potentially the wider community) consider the victim to have brought dishonour upon the family, clan, or community. Well, this consideration differs from person to person or from clan to clan. It may ne anything like marrying a person of the enemy clan, getting involved with illegal carnal relation or marrying a person of the same Ghotra (lineage o clan according to the Hinduism). The last one has been getting more and more prominent in the length and breadth of India.
Even though length and breadth of India has been mentioned, North Indian states like Punjab, Rajasthan and Bihar remain stronghold of the same. Only in the last month of June, one of the most gruesome incidents happened in the Indian state of Haryana that did surpass all other incidents of honor killings. Monika (18) and her lover Rinku (19), both from Jat families, were viciously killed for honour at Nimriwali village, near Bhiwani, Haryana. The father of the girl, her brother, uncle and cousins, till the last report, alleged as main perpetrators, have been absconding. What is most horrific, the two lovers were hanged as exhibits in their house for the village to see their "fate."
Is there any justification? Does our Hindu Religion support such brutal acts? Well, who cares for the Dharma! Honor killing is related more too social clout and less to the religion. What is the Indian government doing then? It is yet to get acquainted with the changing reality! Even if it becomes, nothing is going to happen. The government structure remains vulnerable to the whims of power and muscles. What’s the solution then? Honour killing is going to be in full swing.