Judiciary & honour killings

Proactive verdicts by the judiciary

Print edition : March 14, 2020

Neelam Katara, mother of Nitish Katara, outside the Supreme Court on October 3, 2010, after it sentenced her son’s killers to 25 years in prison. Nitish Katara was killed in February 2002 by Vikas Yadav and Vishal Yadav, the son and nephew of the politician D.P. Yadav, for having fallen in love with Vikas’ sister. Photo: V. Sudershan

Manoj Banwala, 23, and Babli, 19, after their marriage in April 2007. They were kidnapped and killed at the behest of a khap panchayat.

Members of various political parties and organisations staging a protest at K. Pudur in Madurai, Tamil Nadu, on November 3, 2016, urging the government to enact a separate law to deal with honour killings. Photo: R. Ashok

A look at how the judiciary is tackling the social malaise of honour killing head-on through emphatic judgments, which are also building up a body of case law on the issue.
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