SC issues notices to Centre, 9 states on honour killing
The Supreme Court issued notices to the Centre and nine States on a
PIL seeking directions to the Union government to make law to protect
young couples from Honour killings.
A vacation bench comprising Justices R M Lodha and A K Patnaik issued
notices on a petition filed by an NGO Shaktivahini alleging that young
couples who dare to defy their families or Khap Panchayat in the
matter of marriage are under constant threat from them. It noted the
sudden rise in the incidents of honour killing at the instance of Khap
Among the states which have been directed to respond to the PIL are
Haryana, Punjab, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh.
The apex court had earlier refused to entertain a petition seeking
directions to the government to amend Hindu Marriage Act to declare
same gotra marriage as illegal.
The Delhi High Court had last week pulled up the police department
calling them shameless for conniving with the killers of innocent
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