NEW DELHI: Condemning the recent spate of honour killings in the capital, activists of various organisations Friday staged a protest and demanded tough punishment for the culprits.
Addressing the gathering of the protestors at Jantar Mantar here, Ms Sehba Farooqui, Secretary, All India Democratic Women’s Association (AIDWA) said the killings to save the so called honour represents that psychic which holds women as symbol of a family’s honour.
Police also plays its part in taking forward that thinking.
“The recent killings, which had come to light because of media scrutiny and lodged complaints, are just the tip of the iceberg. The situation is much serious than it seems,” she said.
She added that most alarming aspect of this entire sorry state of affairs is impunity with which family members, panchayats or community members are justifying such murders.
Another member of AIDWA, Albeena Shakeel said to choose anyone’s life partner is a basic democratic right and the government has not been able protect this basic right, leave alone providing
“Police often plays a negative role in instances where young couples escape from hostile members in order to get married,” she stated.
The sad part is leaders like Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda and Congress MP Naveen Jindal have silently justified these crimes by supporting Khap panchayats who are instigating such violence, Ms Albeena said.
The organisations have decided to submit a memorandum to the Union Home Ministry demanding comprehensive measures against such type of crimes.
AIDWA also said while dealing with such offences, sight of gender component must be remembered, since honour crimes are generally perpetrated by the woman’s family.
“Provisions need to be made to monitor any sudden death of young girls which are often passed off as natural deaths,” an AIDWA member said.
A play against such killings was also performed by the members of Jana Natya Manch during the protest.
Other organisations which support the protest included Akhil Bharatiya Janwadi Mahila Samiti, Students’ Federation of India, Democratic Youth Federation of India and Jan Sanskriti, among others.