Sunday, 22 September 2013

Suyash Karangutkar.
Horrifying Roots
‘Love’- which is extremely common in urbanized towns like Mumbai, Delhi is still a peculiar affair in remote villages. And that can be seen by the murder of yet another couple from Haryana who became victim to the Honor Killing – one of the most common crimes in Haryana. Dharmender Barak, a 23-year-old boy pursuing Diploma in ITI was assaulted to death and later beheaded by the family of the 21 year-old-girl Nidhi Barak whom he had married.

The couple was brutally assaulted by the family members of Nidhi after she married the boy she loved. The parents of the girl who were against their affair led to this cold blooded murder in full public view. The incident came into limelight after one of the neighbors informed the Rohtak police about the incident.

The Police’s account
According to the Rohtak Police, Nidhi’s family managed to contact her and convinced her to return home. They assured her that they would neither harm her nor Dharmender. On reaching home, the family first assaulted and lynched Nidhi. After they cremated her, they further went to break Dharmender’s arms and legs and later beheaded him.

Investigations claim that both Nidhi and Dharmender left their house on Tuesday and did not return back as they had decided to get married. Nidhi was pursuing fine arts course and Dharmender was pursuing ITI diploma course at Rohtak.

In the aftermath of the horrible and absolutely shameful murder, the police arrested the girl’s father Ravinder, mother Rita and uncle Narinder. The police are currently looking for girl’s brother, his friend and a driver who are equally involved in the murder.
The observed decision
In 2011, the Supreme Court of India had observed that the honor killers should be awarded death penalty. Responding to THE COLUMNIST, Advocate Basava Raj provided a recent decision of the Supreme Court of India: “We have in recent years heard of “Khap Panchayats” (known as “Katta Panchayats” in Tamil Nadu) which often decree or encourage honour killings or other atrocities in an institutionalized way on boys and girls of different castes and religion, who wish to get married or have been married, or interfere with the personal lives of people. We are of the opinion that this is wholly illegal and has to be ruthlessly stamped out. As already stated in Lata Singh case3, there is nothing honourable in honour killing or other atrocities and, in fact, it is nothing but barbaric and shameful murder. Other atrocities in respect of personal lives of people committed by brutal, feudal-minded persons deserve harsh punishment. Only in this way can we stamp out such acts of barbarism and feudal mentality. Moreover, these acts take the law into their own hands, and amount to kangaroo courts, which are wholly illegal.”

The Honor Killing is one of the most common crimes in Haryana.
”There are no signs of its fading as can be seen from the honor killings reported almost every other month,” says Advocate Basava Raj.

“The honor killing has its ugly, deep roots in the Chaturvarna system of Hindu religion,” the advocate mentioned in an e-mail. No amount of judicial pronouncements and laws, Basava says, would suffice unless the fundamental human trend towards fellow human being is changed to the core.


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