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London: More than 1,000 young people in India have been done to death every year owing to 'Honour Killings' linked to forced marriages and the country needs to introduce stringent legislation to deal firmly with the heinous crime, two legal experts have claimed.
Participating in International Child Abduction, Relocation and Forced Marriages Conference organised by the London Metropolitan University here, Chandigarh-based legal experts Anil Malhotra and his brother Ranjit Malhotra have said that in traditional societies, honour killings are basically 'justified' as a sanction for 'dishonourable' behaviour.
In a joint paper, they said: "Forced marriages and honour killings are often intertwined. Marriage can be forced to save honour, and women can be murdered for rejecting a forced marriage and marrying a partner of their own choice who is not acceptable for the family of the girl.
Earlier, various NGOs working in India have claimed that honour killing is rampant in Uttar Pradesh and part of North India.
AALI (Association for Advocacy and Legal Initiative), an NGO working for women's rights, in a report had claimed in 2009, there were 79 honour killings in the state, out of which only 14 were reported from the western districts (which is considered to be the influence areas of Khap panchayat). Of the 36 killings between January and March this year only 7 took place in the western parts, the report said.
Another NGO 'Shakti Vahini' had complained that though there was a spurt in such killings in Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal and Haryana and neither the Centre nor the state governments were taking steps to curb the menace due to "vote-bank politics."
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