Above the Law, Beneath Contempt

WHY INDIAN ‘HONOR KILLINGS’ ARE SO HARD TO STOP

 

Honor killings—in which families murder their own children for defying the elders’ wishes for their marriage—have become so frequent in North India we hardly have time to absorb news of one before another is reported.

The Indian Supreme Court recently ordered the governments of six states (including Punjab and Haryana, two of India’s wealthiest) to end the practice. The number of victims reported each year varies (from four hundred to a thousand), but civil-rights groups...

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Jo McGowan, a Commonweal columnist, writes from Deradoon, India.