There was a huge crowd on the Yamuna Expressway going from Delhi to Agra on the morning of 18 November. Here a red colored trolley bag was lying on the roadside. When the police came and opened the bag, everyone was surprised. A girl’s body was kept inside. The age of the girl was 21 years. It was later learned that her name was Aayushi. When the investigation was done, the case turned out to be of honor killing. Ayushi was murdered by her own father. The reason was that Ayushi had married of her own free will, which was not acceptable to the family members.
Ayushi’s case is not the only one. Boys and girls are constantly becoming victims of honor killing in some or the other area of the country. Honor killing means that a person in his own family is killed because the family members feel that they have been brought to shame because of that person. Overall, killings in the name of so-called ‘honour’.
It was estimated in a United Nations report that every year 5,000 girls in the world are victims of honor killing. It was told in the report that out of these 5 thousand, one thousand girls are Indians. That is, 1 out of every 5 girls who are victims of honor killing is from India.
However, the figures of the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) do not even sit close to the UN estimates. According to the NCRB report, in the last 8 years, about 500 murders have taken place for the purpose of honor killing. But the figure of how many of these are girls has not been given by the NCRB.
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The so called ‘Respect’, is killing lives everywhere!
According to a report, the incidents of honor killings are not only in India, but also in Canada, UK, USA, Sweden, Germany, France, Bangladesh, Brazil, Ecuador, Egypt, Gaza, Italy, Jordan, Pakistan, Morocco, Sweden, Turkey, Uganda , also surface in Afghanistan, Iraq and Iran.
By the way, most of the cases come in India and Pakistan. Every year more than one thousand cases are reported in both India and Pakistan. In May this year, two sisters of Spanish origin, Arju Abbas and Anisa Abbas, were shot dead in Pakistan’s Punjab province.
America’s famous psychologist Phyllis Chelser had studied the cases of honor killing in Europe between 1989 and 2009. After this study, he claimed that 96 percent of the accused of honor killing are Muslims. It was also claimed in the study that in 68 percent of the cases the person was tortured before the murder.
Honor killing cases are also increasing in Iran. In February this year, a video surfaced in which a man was walking around with his wife’s severed head in his hand and smiling. Iranian media called it honor killing. Because his wife was 17 years old and she had fled to Turkey. She had returned to Iran only a few days before the assassination. Two years before this, a father had also killed his 14-year-old daughter because she had eloped with a 29-year-old man.
The science journal Lancet claimed in its study that between 2010 and 2014, there were at least 8,000 cases of honor killing in Iran, but only a few of these cases were registered.
Its cases have been coming to the fore in America as well. However, in all the cases that have come up so far, the accused has been from some other country. In 2008, Sandila Kanwal was murdered in Georgia by her Pakistani father because she refused to do an arranged marriage.
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The figures are scary…!
In 2019, a United Nations report came. It was told in this report that in 2017, 87 thousand women were murdered worldwide. Of these, about 50,000 women were murdered by their partner or a family member. That is, every day 137 women in the world were murdered by their partner or a family member.
The report of NCRB itself states that last year 1,566 murders took place in the country due to love affairs and 1,549 murders took place due to illegal relations. On International Women’s Day, the United Nations also issued a statement saying, ‘In the name of their so-called honor, families kill women or girls of the house by shooting, stoning, burning alive, strangling or stabbing.’
As far as marriage is concerned, the constitution of our country allows every adult to marry as per their wish, even if both belong to different religion or caste. This means that if the age of the boy is more than 21 years and the age of the girl is more than 18 years, then they can marry on their own wish.