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Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Death sentence for 5 in Haryana honour killing

Now this is how "honour killings" should be dealt with! But a couple things occur to me:

First, if I interpret the names correctly the couple and caste involved are all Hindu. "Honour" killings are not exclusively a Muslim issue. They are a problem that exists in tribal and clan-based societies, of which Islam is the most familiar to us in the West.

Secondly, given the interesting political and demographic issues in India, I wonder if the court would have had the courage to sentence 5 Muslims to death if it were a Muslim honour killing rather than a Hindu killing.

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