An honor killing or honour killing (also called a customary killing) is the murder of a family or clan member by one or more

fellow family members, in which the perpetrators (and potentially the wider community) believe the victim to have brought dishonour upon the family, clan, or community. The perceived dishonor is normally the result of the following behaviors, or the suspicion of such behaviors: (a) utilizing dress codes unacceptable to the family/community, (b) wanting to terminate or prevent an arranged marriage or desiring to marry by own choice, or (c) engaging in certain sexual acts, including those with the opposite or same sex. Such killings or attempted killings occur due to the belief that the honor of a family, clan, or community justifies killing a person whose behavior is perceived to have dishonored the clan, family, or community. The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) estimates that the annual worldwide total of honor-killing victims may be as high as 5,000. Many women's groups in the Middle East and Southwest Asia suspect the victims are at least four times more.

the Supreme Court of India issued notices to the Central Government and six states including Uttar Pradesh.[ . legal and other provisions as well as challenges women face. the National Commission for Women set up a statutory body in order to address the issues of honor killings among some ethnic groups in North India. to take preventive measures against the social evil. the Government is planning to bring a bill in the Monsoon Session of Parliament next month (July 2010) to provide for deterrent punishment for 'honour' killings . Punjab.In 1990. scrutinizing the increasing number of honour killings. The NCW's activism has contributed significantly towards the reduction of honor killings in rural areas of North India. Alarmed by the rise of honour killings.In June 2010. Indian women are considerably better protected against honor killings by Indian law and government than Pakistani women. According to Pakistani activists Hina Jilani and Eman M. This body reviewed constitutional. Haryana and Rajasthan. and they have suggested that governments of countries affected by honor killings use Indian law as a model in order to prevent honor killings in their respective societies. Ahmed.

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[63][64][65] In contrast. Ramakrishna. their mutilated bodies were found a week later from an irrigation canal.[6 . while giving a life sentence to the khap (local caste-based council) head who ordered the killings of Manoj Banwala (23) and Babli (19). largely due to the activism and influence of reformists such as Vivekananda. Karnal district court ordered the execution of the five perpetrators in an honour killing case. Despite being given police protection on court orders. they were kidnapped. There have been no honor killings in West Bengal in over 100 years. honour killings are rare to non-existent in South India and the western Indian states of Maharashtra and Gujarat. two members of the same clan who eloped and married in June 2007. in March 2010. Vidyasagar and Raja Ram Mohan Roy.` ` In a landmark judgment.

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