Rajasthan Passes Bill Mandating Death Penalty For Honour Killing.
Post on 07,August 2019   9:00 PM
By - Miss. Vibha Yadav
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Honour killing is the murder of a family member(specially female members) on the name of family honour. There can be many instances for honour killing like refusing to enter an arranged marriage, being in a relationship that is disapproved by the family, becoming the victim of rape or sexual assault, renouncing a faith etc.

The Rajasthan Prohibition of interference with the freedom of Matrimonial Alliances in the name of honour and tradition Bill, 2019 was passed by voice vote.

Need for move: In the Past five years in the state, 71 cases of illegal diktat given by ‘Khap Panchayats’ were registered and 10 cases of honour killing occurred. Such cases have increased in the past few years and have become obstacle in societal development. Provision of IPC and CrPCs are not sufficient to deal with these cases.

Importance of the move: Honour killing is a social evil and one dominant practice in many regions of the country. Looking at the severity of the problem, Supreme Court said in it's judgement that adults are free to marry persons of their own choice and hurting couples, or summoning them before clan members, groups, or a khap, is absolutely illegal. This act of state government will upheld the higher court decision.

Features of bill: Punishment of death penalty or life imprisonment till the natural death with fine which may extend to â¹ 5 lakh for killing a couple or either of them.

For grievously hurting the couple or either of them : 10 years rigorous imprisonment to imprisonment for life with fine maximum upto â¹ 3 lakh.
For simple injuries, the punishment will be 3 to 5 years imprisonment with fine maximum â¹ 2 lakh.

Complain taking authority will be Sub Divisional magistrate or the district magistrate.

No person or group shall assemble at any time with the view or intention to condemn any marriage on the name of honour. Such gathering shall be treated unlawful and every member participating directly or indirectly shall be punishable with the imprisonment not less than 6 months, but may extend to 5 years with fine upto â¹ 1 lakh.

Final Remark: Such practices of killing the people on the name of honour is against human rights of individuals and violates fundamental rights which are protected by Supreme court of the country. At the same time different diktat from Khap Panchayats are unconstitutional. These people are trying to run one parallel judicial system which is against the basic fundamental of our constitution philosophy. Such bold move of state government is welcoming and there is need to realize the fact that there is no honour in  killing.

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