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General International campaign to stop honour killings in India

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  1. nareshkadyan

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    TAKE ACTION : CAMPAIGN AGAINST HONOUR KILLINGS IN INDIA - KADYAN KHAP INTERNATIONAL...


    Targeting: Hon'ble Sardar Manmohan Singh (Prime Minister of India, New Delhi)


    Started by: Abhishek Kadyan



    International campaign website..........click here - Abhishek Kadyan


    Event at facebook, click here............Sukanya Kadyan


    We the Citizens, Members of the Civil society with a deep sense of anguish, would like to draw your attention to the shocking and appalling fact that over the years a large number of couples are being killed across the country for honour.

    So called Honor based violence occurs in communities where the concepts of honor and shame are fundamentally bound up with the expected behaviors of families and individuals, particularly those of women. The most extreme form is - honour - killing, but in other circumstances, the victim can be subjected to long-term low level physical abuse and bullying as a punishment for bringing dishonor on the family. Such crimes include battery, torture, mutilation, rape, forced marriage, imprisonment within the home, and even murder. These crimes are intended to protect the family honor by preventing and punishing womens violations of community norms for behavior, particularly sexual behavior. These crimes are often collective and premeditated.

    In the recent times the cases has been on the increase and in current scenario when the State has remained mute spectators there is a lot of fear spread among the young generation and couples who are married and some of them intending to get married that they may face the wrath of such feudal forces. Many a times the pressures are so intense that the couples resort to suicide. In the recent months cases have come to light where couples are being killed, publicly humiliated and declared as brothers and sisters. Couples have faced social ostracisation from the society. Many have been killed in cold murder after torture. The victims have approached the law enforcement agencies and still faced severe trauma and humiliation. The law enforcement agencies continue to be mute spectators while doing lip service work and have been mostly confined to intervention after an incident has happened.

    We demand the following:

    1. As fast as possible come out with the New Law on Honour Killings as already announced by the Government.

    2. The Prime Minister should make a statement on Honour Killings and the need to curb them.

    3. Issue strict Instructions to the States to prevent Honour Killings and take proactive steps to prevent such killings.

    4. The Central and the State Government need to come out with a paper on what steps they have taken to implement the Supreme Court Directions in 2006 in Lata Singh Vs State of Uttar Pradesh.

    5. Immediately come out with a National Plan of Action.

    6. Immediately a National Level Meeting of State Secretaries and DGP is needed to plan out the preventive steps needed to curb such crimes.

    7. The Central Government should ask the State Government /State DGP to convene a SSP level meeting and give clear instructions for the protection of such couples.

    8. Come out with various help lines numbers and special cell where such couples can approach the administration for protection.

    9. Constitute fast track courts for cases of Honour Killings.

    10. Immediately amend the Special Marriage Act and reduce the period of registration of Marriage from one month to one week.

    We would like to remind the Government of India its duty to protect the rights of citizens, which is obligatory on them under Articles 14, 15 (1) & (3), 19 , 21 and 39(f) of the Constitution of India.

    We would also like to remind the Government of India its obligations and commitment to protect its citizens from such violence under the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) of which India is a signatory and has also ratified the convention. It is also against the spirit of Universal Declaration of Human Rights and International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.

    We demand that the Govt take urgent steps as mentioned above so that such Honour Killings are stopped.
    Registration No: DLGLA/E/2010/00092
    Name : Naresh Kadyan, Convener, Kadyan Khap International
    at face book click here
    Received by: Department of Legal Affairs
    Action Status : Received the GrievanceDate of Action: 23/06/2010


    Text of the petition

    We the Citizens, Members of the Civil society with a deep sense of anguish, would like to draw your attention to the shocking and appalling fact that over the years a large number of couples are being killed across the country for honour.

    So called Honor based violence occurs in communities where the concepts of honor and shame are fundamentally bound up with the expected behaviors of families and individuals, particularly those of women. The most extreme form is - honour - killing, but in other circumstances, the victim can be subjected to long-term low level physical abuse and bullying as a punishment for bringing dishonor on the family. Such crimes include battery, torture, mutilation, rape, forced marriage, imprisonment within the home, and even murder. These crimes are intended to protect the family honor by preventing and punishing womens violations of community norms for behavior, particularly sexual behavior. These crimes are often collective and premeditated.

    In the recent times the cases has been on the increase and in current scenario when the State has remained mute spectators there is a lot of fear spread among the young generation and couples who are married and some of them intending to get married that they may face the wrath of such feudal forces. Many a times the pressures are so intense that the couples resort to suicide. In the recent months cases have come to light where couples are being killed, publicly humiliated and declared as brothers and sisters. Couples have faced social ostracisation from the society. Many have been killed in cold murder after torture. The victims have approached the law enforcement agencies and still faced severe trauma and humiliation. The law enforcement agencies continue to be mute spectators while doing lip service work and have been mostly confined to intervention after an incident has happened.

    We demand the following:

    1. As fast as possible come out with the New Law on Honour Killings as already announced by the Government.

    2. The Prime Minister should make a statement on Honour Killings and the need to curb them.

    3. Issue strict Instructions to the States to prevent Honour Killings and take proactive steps to prevent such killings.

    4. The Central and the State Government need to come out with a paper on what steps they have taken to implement the Supreme Court Directions in 2006 in Lata Singh Vs State of Uttar Pradesh.

    5. Immediately come out with a National Plan of Action.

    6. Immediately a National Level Meeting of State Secretaries and DGP is needed to plan out the preventive steps needed to curb such crimes.

    7. The Central Government should ask the State Government /State DGP to convene a SSP level meeting and give clear instructions for the protection of such couples.

    8. Come out with various help lines numbers and special cell where such couples can approach the administration for protection.

    9. Constitute fast track courts for cases of Honour Killings.

    10. Immediately amend the Special Marriage Act and reduce the period of registration of Marriage from one month to one week.

    We would like to remind the Government of India its duty to protect the rights of citizens, which is obligatory on them under Articles 14, 15 (1) & (3), 19 , 21 and 39(f) of the Constitution of India.

    We would also like to remind the Government of India its obligations and commitment to protect its citizens from such violence under the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) of which India is a signatory and has also ratified the convention. It is also against the spirit of Universal Declaration of Human Rights and International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.

    We demand that the Govt take urgent steps as mentioned above so that such Honour Killings are stopped.

    Please support this petition and circulate it widely around in your circle.

    Regards,

    Abhishek Kadyan,
    Media Adviser to the International Organisation for Animal Protection
    - OIPA in India.

    Sukanya Kadyan,
    Spokesperson to PFA Haryana.

    Naresh Kadyan,
    Convener, Kadyan Khap International.

    Link to petition
    CAMPAIGN AGAINST HONOUR KILLINGS IN INDIA - KADYAN KHAP INTERNATIONAL | Change.org
     

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    Bravo ji!




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    This is a path to the possible future of things with this article. A real boost to my morale anyway. I can become so depressed. And the rest of the world has to get in step, not only India. The problem is widespread. It is a moral epidemic. Only one step can be taken at a time. This is an important step.
     
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    You are so right Narayanjot Kaur, Too bad the petition is only limited to people living in India. I will see what can be done here in Canada because we are having this problem too. Recently a Pakistan father killed his teenage daughter and then went to the police to surrender. That is so sad and tragic; it shows that laws are not enough as a solution. People, need help, some form of mediation, new tools for conflict resolution.
     
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    You are welcome polpol ji!

    It is happening in more places than we care to think. Good luck!
     
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