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Honour killings are barbaric: Supreme Court

July 08, 2006 18:28 IST
Last Updated: July 08, 2006 19:10 IST

Terming 'honour killing' as an act of barbarism, the Supreme Court has ordered police across the country to take stern action against those resorting to violence against boys above 21 and girls above 18 who enter into inter-caste or inter-religious marriages.

'We sometimes hear of 'honour' killings of such persons who undergo inter-caste or inter-religious marriage of their own free will. There is nothing honourable in such killings, an in fact they are nothing but barbaric and shameful acts of murder committed by brutal, feudal minded persons who deserve harsh punishment', a bench of Justice Ashok Bhan and Justice Markandey Katju said.

They quashed all criminal charges against Delhi-based businessman Brahma Nand Gupta who had married Lata Singh, a Thakur girl from Lucknow in November 2000.

On a writ petition filed by Lata, the apex court quashed all criminal proceedings initiated against the family members of the boy who were also being subjected to threat, harassment and violence by Lata's three brothers.

The Bench said, 'In our opinion, such acts of violence of threats or harassment are wholly illegal and those who commit them must be severely punished. This is a free and democratic country, and once a person becomes a major, he or she can marry whosoever he/she likes. If the parents of the boy or girl do not approve of such inter-caste or inter-religious marriage, the maximum they can do is that they can cut off social relations with the son or the daughter, but they cannot harass the person who undergoes such inter-caste or inter-religious marriage.'

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Sub: Just take a simple count in minutes !

A very brief headcount on such matters will reveal to our secularizm-deluded hypocrite politicians that a particular community living in the mediavel mindset is leading ...

Posted by bshrinivasrao

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Better late than never. India is slowly but surely awakening from a deep mediavel hangover. Obstinate, self - styled messiahs on one hand who resort ...

Posted by Prashant

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Its high time we come up with Laws to govern on such issues.

Posted by Sanoj

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The should also order the arrest of all connected person.This barbaric act is done by fedual minded people.

Posted by S. Nizam Udin Ashraf

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There is nowhere in the world except Pakistan who support this barbarian acts of killing.. Judiciory is up to its honour... We are democratic country ...

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