AIDWA

ON HUMAN RIGHTS DAY AGAINST HONOUR KILLINGS

ON HUMAN RIGHTS DAY AGAINST HONOUR KILLINGS

10 December 2007

On the occasion of National Human Rights Day, All India Democratic Women’s Association (AIDWA) staged a demonstration at Jantar Mantar against the brutal killings of young girls and boys in the name of honour. Strict intervention is required to check such killings.

Delhi and Haryana AIDWA state committees have called for strict punitive action against the caste panchayats and other individuals involved in ever growing cases of honour killings in Haryana and around. The law enforcing bodies have to be made accountable while ensuring the safety of girls and boys, who are making independent matrimonial choices. Caste panchayats have been openly issuing fatwas against couples, who go against the caste and community norms.

The organisation condemns the planned killings of Manoj and Babli in Kaithal, Haryana in the name of saving the honour of the village. One of the main culprits of the murders, Gangaraj, is still at large. AIDWA demands for his immediate arrest and actions against all such murders that are working behind such organised killings.

AIDWA also demands total implementation of the Prevention of Domestic Violence Act. Appropriate steps should be taken up to ensure that women’s groups are involved in the process of effective implementation of this important act. Magistrates have to be given strict guidelines regarding the act.

Brinda Karat, Member of Parliament, Sudha Sundararaman, General Secretary AIDWA, Asha Lata, Jagmati Sangwan, AIDWA National Secretaries, Sehba Farooqi, Secretary Delhi JMS and Sonia Verma, President Delhi JMS, were amongst those who addressed the gathering.

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