Honour Killing in India: A Critical Study

  • Aradhana Sahu
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  • Aradhana Sahu

    Student at Amity Law School, Noida, India

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Honor killing, a repugnant practice stemming from perceived violations of cultural and societal norms, continues to be a prominent concern within India's legal framework. This dissertation conducts a thorough and analytical investigation of honour killings in India. The objective of this endeavour is to understand the complex interaction of socio-cultural, legal, and political factors that support this widespread phenomenon. The study utilizes a multidisciplinary approach, integrating sociological perspectives, legal examination, and human rights frameworks to elucidate the intricate dynamics inherent in honour killings. Moreover, the dissertation thoroughly explores the historical and cultural foundations that justify these transgressions, considering patriarchal structures, religion, and caste systems. Moreover, the study investigates the role of government institutions, specifically focusing on the difficulties faced by law enforcement agencies, the judiciary, and social service organizations in their efforts to effectively address honour killings. Highlighting the shortcomings in legal systems and the urgent need for legislative changes to improve safeguards for potential victims are issues of particular importance. This research provides a human-centred perspective by utilizing qualitative data sources such as interviews and case studies. The objective of this study is to shed light on the daily lives of victims and their families, with a focus on their experiences. The study also explores the ethical consequences of intervention strategies, as well as the potential role of non-governmental organizations, civil society, and community participation in challenging the existing norms. The main aim of this dissertation is to enhance the academic discussion on human rights, gender justice, and legal reform by thoroughly analysing the complex circumstances surrounding honour killings in India. The findings of this investigation provide valuable insights for policymakers, legal professionals, and scholars who are committed to eliminating this appalling violation of human dignity and promoting a societal focus on justice rather than outdated notions of honour.


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International Journal of Legal Science and Innovation, Volume 6, Issue 1, Page 165 - 252

DOI: https://doij.org/10.10000/IJLSI.111767

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