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Honour Killings in India

It’s customary for the Khaps to oppose inter-caste marriages, inter-village marriages and marrying within the same gotra (clan). In the recent times they have been drawing negative criticism towards themselves for involvement or support in initiating threats of murder and violence and the practice of Honour killings against couples who marry outside the caste, or within the same gotra. Honour killing is also prevalent in various other countries like Jordon, Syria, Morocco, Latin America, Turkey, Pakistan, Egypt, etc. Despite its strong hold within the roots of caste system in India, the concept of Honour killing has been reduced notably, especially in West Bengal, they ceased about a century ago due to the influence and teachings of reformists like Swami Vivekananda, Ramakrishna Paramhamsa, Easwar Chandra Vidyasagar and Raja Ram Mohan Roy. The need of the hour is to implement a similar approach in other parts of the country as well.