14 May '11, 2am

India's Supreme Court Says Honor Killings Should Be Punished By Death

India's Supreme Court Says Honor Killings Should Be Punished By Death

We write all too often about "honor killings" here on Care2, which are particularly prevalent in rural parts of India. Just last month, I reported on two women who were bludgeoned to death by men from their village (including one of the women's nephew) because they were suspected of having a lesbian relationship. Now, the Indian Supreme Court has taken a harsh stand on honor killings , saying that those convicted of such crimes should receive the death penalty. "It is time to stamp out these barbaric, feudal practices which are a slur on our nation," said the court. Each year, according to a recent study, hundreds of people are killed for violating some element of their family's honor code - whether it's inter-caste marriage, premarital sex, adultery, or another social taboo. People are rarely given the death penalty when they are convicted of honor killings, but that may ...

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