Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Uncle-Niece Case in India

The Supreme Court of India has upheld the death sentence for an “honor” killing in the case of a man who murdered his daughter because she loved someone.

Justices Markandey Katju and Gyan Sudha Misra in their ruling said, “Honour killings are nothing but barbaric and brutal murders by bigoted persons with feudal minds.”

The judges said "In our opinion, honour killings, for whatever reason, come within the category of rarest of rare cases deserving death punishment.

"It is time to stamp out these barbaric, feudal practices which are a slur on our nation.”

That’s rather strong language, and I agree.

The court said this while upholding the death sentence awarded to Bhagwan Dass, who was convicted for killing his daughter after she deserted her husband Raju and began an incestuous relationship with her uncle.

And what happened to the uncle, hmmm?

This report and another I read do not indicate if her uncle was related to her through marriage or by blood, but it doesn’t make a difference. I would not support her cheating on her husband, but it shouldn’t be a crime and it shouldn’t be a matter of death, to be sure. It sounds like she left her husband for her uncle (instead of staying and cheating), which she should have been free to do. An adult should be able to remain unmarried, and an adult should be able to marry any consenting adults, and should be able to divorce, regardless of gender.
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