Monday, May 9, 2011

[ZESTCaste] Award death penalty for honour killings, says SC

Award death penalty for honour killings, says SC
PTI – 19 minutes ago

New Delhi, May 9 (PTI) Holding honour killings as a slur on the nation
and a barbaric, feudal practice that ought to be stamped out, the
Supreme Court today directed courts to view such cases as "rarest of
rare" category for awarding death penalty to the convicts.

"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.

"This is necessary as a deterrent for such outrageous, uncivilized
behaviour. All persons who are planning to perpetrate ''honour''
killings should know that the gallows await them," the apex court said
in a judgement.

A bench of justices Markandeya Katju and Gyan Sudha Mishra passed the
judgement while dismissing an appeal filed by Bhagawan Dass
challenging the life imprisonment awarded to him by a Delhi Sessions
Court for killing his daughter Seema as she was allegedly in an
incestous relationship with her cousin, despite being married. .


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