A bill, that makes honour killing legal, has been passed by both Houses of the Parliament. The concept of honour killing has been argued as “an essential social ritual, which is not at all inhuman, since it preserves the honour of a family, and hence the nation”. “We are planning to recognise their bravery by conferring on them special bravery awards on the Republic Day from next year,” said Law Minister Veerappa Moily, after telling the media that the Section 377 (1), which makes honour killing illegal, is ready to be scrapped.
“Honour killers have been wrongly treated by the general masses and media. It is time we understand their feelings; and that we respect their guts to actually get down to the level of killing someone to save the honour of their family or clan. They don’t deserve the gallows, they deserve honour; the respect they have been striving for ever since they got into the fashion of caste system,” said Moily. The decision comes amidst fresh honour killing instances in the national capital and other parts of the country.
A group of people from Haryana who believe a girl loving a boy brings them the same dishonour the upper castes awarded Dalits once upon a time (Source)
Women and child welfare NGOs have slammed the government for taking such an illogical decision, and deemed it “unconstitutional”. In a battle of stating the obvious, social commentator Suhel Seth said, “A murder is a murder” while pro-Naxal social worker Arundhati Roy declared, “Honour is honour”, much to the enlightenment of the country.
Veteran honour killers (honour killers who have grown old under-trial) are excited about the impending constitutional amendment. “Finally the world is with us. Looking back, I remember the excitement with which I slit my daughter’s throat because I had seen her with the neighbour’s son. I went to courts month after month, and finally the result has come: I might be given a bravery award!” said a villager in Haryana’s Bhiwani district.
In Uttar Pradesh, the idea of a sinister entrepreneurial form of dalalism has already taken root after this decision. Some under-trial honour killers have grouped together to start an institution that will give certificates labelling certain murders were cases of “honour killing”, so as to help the murderer not only escape sentence, but also give him honour in society. The main brain behind the venture, Raja Suraiya said about the plan, “We will bribe police officials to dissolve murder cases, and demand higher money from the murderer, thus earning enough profits to retain our honour.”