Indian court asks ministry to intervene in ‘honour killing’ cases

Published: April 21, 2014

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New Delhi — A New Delhi court has asked India’s central women and child development ministry to intervene in the matter of so-called “honour killings” in order to provide support services to survivors.

“It is cases (‘honour killing’) like these where the state intervention is necessitated. The ministry of women and child development is required to intervene for restorative justice so that the medical and legal assistance, professional psychological counselling, shelter and other support is provided to these victims who are survivors,” said Additional Sessions Judge Kamini Lau.

In the order delivered last week but only made available Monday, the court stated that young victims and survivors of “honour killings” are the state’s responsibility and need to be rehabilitated.

“These survivors are often abandoned and hounded by their own (paternal families) and exploited by their in-laws and find themselves being pushed into destitution. They are mentally shattered, socially isolated and unable to decide for their own and it is under these circumstances that the state intervention is necessitated to ensure that they are provided help, security and rehabilitation,” the court said.

The court also recommended setting-up Women Shelters and Protection Homes where the security of couples facing the wrath of their families, community and society, can be ensured.

It also asked the government to think over some processes where compensation can be provided to survivors.

The court order comes after a 20-year-old honour killing survivor was threatened by one of her relatives. In this woman’s case, the court has since asked for a female officer to watch over the young woman and have police submit regular reports on the girl’s condition.

Taking it into account, the court ordered the deputy commissioner of police, Outer Delhi, to ensure a regular vigil on the woman through a female officer. It has asked police to submit a fortnightly report over the girl’s condition.

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