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What is honor killing?

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Asked by xyz, 30 Apr '10 10:03 am
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An honor killing or honour killing is the murder of a family or clan member by one or more fellow family members, where the murderers (and potentially the wider community) believe the victim to have brought dishonor upon the family, clan, or community. It is like murder only. The only difference is here the killers have support of their community and no legal action could be taken against them. Inter-caste marriage and extra-marital affairs are one of the major reasons for this. Honour Killings are done to safeguard the honor of the family, clan, community, where a member or members of the family, clan or community are publically murdered, to uphold the honor of the family, clan or community. Such events are accepted as being permissible for upholding the status in terms of social and caste relations. They are socially sanctioned by Caste Panchayats and carried out by mobs with the connivance of family members. The murders come under the general categories of homicide or manslaughter. ...more
Answered by sumati gayki, 30 Apr '10 10:09 am

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