A Newsclick feature after the exoneration of key accused, Ganga Raj in the Manoj-Babli "honour killing" case by the Haryana High Court. The feature attempts to look at all the major incidents after Manoj-Babli's killing upto the High Court verdict.
A year after raising hopes of progressives in the country that heinous crimes such as honour killings would receive the strictest of punishments; those hopes seem to have been belied in a judgement recently in the infamous “Manoj-Babli case”.
The ongoing spate of ‘Honour’ killings in the country is continuing to outrage all democratic minded people. The Khap Panchayats are invoking ‘tradition’ and ‘customs’ to justify their crimes. They have gathered ranks to demand a ban on ‘sagotra’ and ‘bhai-chara’ marriages. Underlying this demand is their historic antipathy towards granting property rights to women in these regions.
Rani Rohini Raman, a JNU researcher working on honour killings, writes on the significance of a recent verdict of a Haryana district court, awarding death sentence to those guilty of killing a young couple - Manoj and Babli.