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Honour Killings Essay

2644 words - 11 pages

Honour killing, india’s continuing
shame
Honour killing, india’s continuing
shame

SUBMITTED TO SUBMITTED BY
Prof. seema dutta AMAN BANSAL
ROLL NO-212017

OBJECTIVES
Every research has an objective in mind when he or she starts his or her research on any topic and in the course of the research process the researcher’s job is to fulfill his or her objective. In my present research endeavors to show why honor killing take place, the concept of honor killing, the communal aspect of honor killing,history of honor ...view middle of the document...

It is in more collectivist’s societies that killings by male relatives of the woman to restore family honor take place. The assumption is that fidelity and marriage are not a matter between husband and wife, but relate to the family, and that a woman’s infidelity, even if unproven reflects on the honor of the entire family. Additionally, in some cases the community council or the khaps (as in India) decides that the women or the couple should be killed and sends out men to accomplish the task.
The practice of Honor Killing has been prevalent in a number of societies and not only Islamic societies. It has been argued that cultural and personal systems of honor that depend on the behavior of others are an integral part of the killing of women by the male members of their families. According to the former UN Special Rapporteur on violence against women: “Honor is generally seen as residing in women. Frameworks of ‘honor’, and its corollary ‘shame’, operate to control, direct and regulate women’s sexuality and freedom of movement by male members of the family. Women who fall in love, engage in extramarital relationships, seek a divorce, choose their own husbands are seen to transgress the boundaries of ‘appropriate’ or is socially sanctioned) sexual behavior. ‘Regulation’ of such behavior may in extreme cases involve horrific direct violence including ‘honor’ killing.
Women are considered the property of male relatives and are seen to embody the honor of the men to whom they “belong”.. The concepts of male status and family status are of particular importance in cultures where “honor” killings occur and where women are viewed as responsible for upholding a family‟s “honor.” If a woman or girl is accused or suspected of engaging in behavior that could taint male and/or family status, she may face brutal retaliation from her relatives that often results in violent death.

Communal Aspect of “Honor” Killings
So-called honor killings are part of a community mentality. Large sections of society share traditional conceptions of family honor and approve of “honor” killings to preserve that honor. Even mothers whose daughters have been killed in the name of honor often condone such violent acts.. In addition, communal acceptance of “honor” killings furthers the claim that violence in the name of “honor” is a private issue and one to be avoided by law enforcement. Community acceptance of these killings stifles accurate reporting of the number of violent crimes against women in the name of “honor.” As a result, the true extent of the prevalence of “honor” killings is still not fully known
The murder of women in the name of “honor” is a gender-specific form of discrimination and violence. In societies where so-called honor killings are allowed to occur, governments are failing in their responsibility to protect and ensure women their human rights. “Honor” killings should be regarded as part of a larger spectrum of violence against women, as well as a...

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