Shafiq R Khan


Girl's minor brother arrested for 'honour killing'

Enraged over a youth from another caste falling in love with his sister, her minor brother killed the youth with the help of two of his friends - one of whom was also a minor, police said Saturday. The three have been arrested.
"We have arrested three people in connection with the case of honour killing of Bunty, who was in love with a girl from a different caste," Deputy Commissioner of Police (central Delhi) Jaspal Singh told reporters here. 

The body of Bunty, 20, a resident of Anand Parbat in central Delhi, was found in an empty water tank Tuesday in the nearby Nehru Nagar, Singh said. He was missing since March 16 but his family filed a missing person case only Monday (March 29). 

Investigations revealed that Bunty was in love with a girl, and her family was questioned. Some contradictions were found in her brother's version and he was interrogated further. 

The brother finally admitted he had roped in two of his friends - Arun, 22, and another one, who was also a minor, to kill Bunty. 

Bunty was called by the three to a railway track in the area March 16. He was first assaulted with a razor, and then pushed inside the tank, Singh said.
--IANS April 3 2010
UP couple on the run after Panchayat orders honour killing 

A couple is on the run after a village panchayat in Baghpat district of Uttar Pradesh ordered their “honour killing” following complaints from relatives that they had married against their wishes. The kangaroo court’s verdict was announced last month after Jamil, 30 and his wife, Ayesha of Kherka village were produced before the panchayat.

The Baghpat police is keeping a close watch on the developments.

Jamil, who is said to have four children from previous marriage, reportedly eloped with the girl of the same village following stiff opposition from their relatives. The two got married on March 23 and in the meantime the girl’s relatives lodged a case of kidnapping against Jamil. The “groom”, however, got a stay order against his arrest on March 30.

On their return to the village, the couple was presented before the panchayat, which announced the verdict. The panchayat ordered their “honour killing” if they stayed in the village.

Emboldened by the recent verdict of a Haryana court awarding death sentence to five for the “honour killing” of a couple, the Baghpat police is determined not to allow a similar incident. Police said that there is no place in law for such verdicts and indicated that strict action would be taken against the family members, reports added. (6 April 2010)

Sister dies in alleged honour killing by brother 
"I didn't kill my sister. She committed suicide." Ravi Kashyap shares this in a flat tone as he's escorted out of court by policemen.

The 20-year-old allegedly played the main lead in Haryana's latest honour killing. His sister, Usha, just a year younger than him, had eloped with a man she loved. Ravi, part of a large farming family in Gohana, was assigned to avenge his family. He allegedly murdered her by hanging her from the fan in her bedroom.

The police say that Usha's lover was not a pariah to her family on account of his caste, usually the ardent cause of honour killings in Punjab and Haryana. Khap panchayats, or village vigilante courts, are the preferred route for caste-conflicts, and their power is an odd combination of both self-assumed and sanctioned might.

Last week, for the first time, a khap panchayat's role was penalised in court, with the head of the council sentenced to life imprisonment. Manoj had married Babli against the wishes of her family which turned to the khap panchayat for help. The young couple was persecuted relentlessly. Neighbours were warned that they'd be fined Rs 25,000 if they were found in conversation. Death threats were a daily affair. So Manoj asked for help. A court ordered the police to protect the young couple. But days later, they were found floating in a canal.

The court sentenced five people, all relatives of Babli, to death. The khap panchayat head, complicit in the execution, was given a life sentence.

Neither the letter nor the spirit of the judgement seems to have provoked either introspection or fear. For young women in hundreds of these villages, the message is simple - marry who and when you're told.  8 April 2010

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