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#India – 19-yr-old shot by her father and brothers #Honourkilling #Vaw #WTFnews


Manish Sahu : Lucknow, Thu Nov 14 2013,

A 19-year-old girl of Thakur community was shot by her father and two brothers when they found a Dalit youth in her room at their house in Etmadpur police station area of Agra Monday night. The accused allegedly pumped five bullets in the girl’s body.

The victim’s father, Ashok Sikarwar, initially tried to frame the youth for the murder.

However, after preliminary investigation found his involvement in the murder, Sikarwar was arrested and produced before court Tuesday. Two of Sikarwar’s sons, Sachin and Vipin, were also found to be involved and are absconding, said Etmadpur police station station officer (SO) Amit Kumar.

The SO said Sher Singh (25) of Chaugan village, who was allegedly having an affair with Ruchi (19) of the same village, reportedly entered the girl’s house and went to her room Monday night. Ruchi’s father woke up, called his sons and went inside the girl’s room. As the girl ran outside, the father and sons are said to have fired at the girl with a licensed revolver and country-made weapons, killing her on the spot.

Sher Singh, however, bolted the door from inside. When he did not open the door, the girl’s family locked the door from outside and raised an alarm. Locals rushed to the house and were told that dacoits had shot the girl and one of them was locked inside the room.

“A police team reached and took Sher Singh in custody,” said the SO. During questioning, Sher Singh revealed that the girl’s father and her two brothers had killed her. The girl’s father was brought to the police station where he confessed to his crime.

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#India – Irom Sharmila faces ‘honour killing’ threats for relationship with foreigner #Vaw #WTFnews

All India | Written by Alok Pandey | Updated: November 07, 2013

Faced 'honour killing' threats for relationship with foreigner, says activist Irom Sharmila

Irom Sharmila‘s 13-year-fast has few parallels in the world.

Imphal:  Barely two days after Irom Sharmila’s fast-unto-death entered its 14th year, the 41-year-old  civil rights activist has hit out at people within her own organisation, the Just Peace Foundation, saying they threatened her with ‘honour’ killing over her relationship with a foreigner.

Ms Sharmila has accused those close to her of sending her death threats and “acting like the Taliban” over her love for Desmond Cutinho, a social worker and journalist of British origin who has been in a relationship with Ms Sharmila for close to three years.

In an exclusive interview with NDTV, Sharmila said, “They are acting like the Taliban. They don’t understand that my love has nothing to do with religion or politics. I have even received honour killing threats.”

Ms Sharmila also claimed her protest against the controversial Armed Forces Special Powers Act or AFSPA which gives the Indian army sweeping powers in disturbed areas, has been hijacked by the very people in-charge of her campaign. The activist says she is not even allowed to donate money from her international prizes to causes like the Uttarakhand flash-floods tragedy.

In its defence, the organisation says the primary problem is their communication gap, given the restrictions on meeting Irom Sharmila, who is under judicial custody in Manipur

Babloo Loitongbam of the Just Peace Foundation said, “Sometimes there is a tendency to make a mountain out of a molehill.  We have made it clear to Sharmila that we have nothing to say about her personal life and that she is free to do whatever she wants.”

Manipur Home Minister Gaikhangam has promised that Irom Sharmila’s s security may be enhanced, if needed.

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#India 17-year-old girl murdered by brothers in Tamil Nadu #Vaw #Honourkilling

Press Trust of India | Posted on Sep 14, 2013 at 02:29pm ISTIn a case of honour killing, a 17-year-old girl was allegedly murdered by her two brothers for falling in love with a Dalit boy in the district, police said on Saturday.

The two brothers poured acid into the mouth of their sister Gomathy and hanged her at their house in Seevalaperi village on Friday night. They have been arrested on a complaint from the Village Administrative Officer Regina, police said.
They said the duo confessed to have killed their sister. According to police, Gomathy had fallen in love with Murugan of Tiruvengadapuram, who was working in a fish processing unit.

A few days ago, she had gone to his house and stayed with his family there. Her brothers Murugan and Sudalaimuthu, who were angry by her conduct, went to Thiruvengadapuram and persuaded her to come back home and later killed her, polie said, adding further investigation was on.


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In the name of honour: Book explores nature of honour crimes and domestic violence

The first step in fighting honour crimes is to accept their existence in the society and understand the nature of the crime.

“We need to accept that such crimes exist and that they are more prevalent in certain cultures than others,” said Manisha Gupte, one of the co-editors of the book “Honour and Women’s Rights: South Asian Perspectives” at its launch at the Karachi Press Club on Sunday.

“Honour exists in every society but we need to struggle against the structures of dominance, such as caste and sex, which instigate honour killings.”

The book has been co-edited by Gupte, Ramesh Awasthi and Shraddha Chickerur. It comprises 15 papers by authors from South Asian countries, including Pakistan, India, Bangladesh and Nepal, who are either settled in their respective countries or living abroad.

“The most prevalent form of violence against women among South Asian people is domestic violence and the fear of extended families,” said Gupte, who is also the founder of MASUM, an organisation working for the rural women in India since 1987. “Domestic violence and honour killings are interlinked.”

From Pakistan, Akmal Wasim, Faiza Haswary, Nazish Brohi, Afiya Zia and Saima Husain contributed their papers to the book, which was completed over a period of three years.

Discussing the different forms of honour crimes, Gupte said domestic violence also takes place in western cultures.

She clarified that the book has no answers but only offers insight into such crimes.

The National Commission on the Status of Women chairperson, Anis Haroon, said that illiteracy and extremism are the main obstacles which are stalling women’s development in the region.

One of the authors, Afiya Zia, who co-authored a paper with researcher Nazish Brohi on “Agentive defiance to honour codes in Pakistan”, called for focus on the empirical studies conducted by organisations. She crticised them as being flawed, saying that they are entirely based on media reports. “These crimes are not limited to only villages but exist in urban cities as well.”

Published in The Express Tribune, April 30th, 2012.

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