Dishonour’ killings and the family that stood up to khaps

As there’s no honour in killing, panelists at a session called ‘A Hate Story’ agreed with the suggestion from a member of the audience that honour killings should be called dishonour killings. The khap panchayats which order and endorse such heinous crimes drew ample flak at the session moderated by journalist-writer Sameera Khan. Chander Suta .. read more

Jasvinder meets royalty as she collects medal for fighting forced marriages

A CITY campaigner who has battled for years against forced marriages said she felt “a great sense of pride and achievement” on receiving her CBE medal. Jasvinder Sanghera was handed the medal by Prince Charles at a ceremony in Buckingham Palace yesterday, joined by her children, Jordan and Natasha. She said: “It was absolutely fantastic .. read more

Moroccan Teenager Forced To Marry Her Rapist Kills Herself

Forced to marry the man who had raped her, a 16-year-old Moroccan girl committed suicide last month. She had been raped by another minor in the northern port city of Tetouan. As Abdel Ali El-Allawi, director of the local chapter of an international NGO, the Moroccan Association of Human Rights (AMDH),  said to Al Jazeera, .. read more

Indian Court Finds Parents Guilty in Honor Slaying

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

Honour killings: India’s crying shame

According to statistics from the United Nations, one in five cases of honour killing internationally every year 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 occuring in villages .. read more

Dentist couple guilty of murdering teenage daughter and servant

A couple have been convicted of murdering their 14-year-old daughter and housekeeper in an apparent honour killing that has gripped India. The middle class couple — Nupur and Rajesh Talwar — both successful dentists, were found guilty of slitting the throat of their only child Arushi, 14, “with clinical precision” in a fit of rage .. read more

Four of family get life term in honour killing case

CHANDIGARH: A Rohtak court on Tuesday awarded life imprisonment to four members of a family in an honour killing case in Rohtak in 2010. A young girl, Rajni, was killed by her family members in Janta Colony of Rohtak on September 2, 2010, as they suspected her character. When the family was planning to take .. read more

Aarushi verdict brings focus back on TN ‘honour’ killings

CHENNAI: Convicted for killing their daughter, apparently to protect the family honour, the Talwars’ motive might seem ominous. But in the southern reaches of Tamil Nadu, the so-called ‘honour’ killings are commonplace, even condoned by communities. The retrograde rules of a deep-rooted caste system and the social inequities have seen daughters being murdered by parents .. read more

Joint efforts stressed for violence-free society

Human right activists, civil society representatives and political party leaders expressed their resolve to work together for a society free of violence against women (VAW) at different events organised to commemorate International Day on Violence against Women and the launch of 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence. They called for effective implementation of the .. read more

No honour in the killing of women

The UN estimates that 5,000 women are killed each year for “dishonoring” their families. About two-thirds of all murders in Palestinian territories are honor-killings There are some very active women’s organizations and international units attempting to curb abuse of and violence against women. They work to bring awareness to the cultural, and sometimes religious, norms, .. read more