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Government of India
Ministry of Home Affairs
25-November-2014 16:10 IST
Honour Killing Data

As per information provided by the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), collection of data on Honour Killing has just been started this year and hence at this point it is not possible to compare data with previous years.

The Ministry of Law and Justice is preparing “The Prohibition of Interference with the Freedom of Matrimonial Alliance Bill” to curb the incidents of honour killing.

The Supreme Court in a judgment on April 19, 2012 has termed the Khap Panchayats illegal and has directed the State Governments to take strong measures to prevent any atrocious acts by the Khap Panchayats.

As per the seventh schedule to the Constitution of India ‘Police’ and ‘Public Order’ are State subjects and, as such, the primary responsibility of prevention, detection, registration, investigation and prosecution of crime, lies with the State Governments/Union Territory Administrations. The Ministry of Home Affairs has circulated the advisories based on directions of the Hon’ble Supreme Court to the States/UTs.

The Ministry of Home Affairs had issued a detailed advisory on crime against women dated 4th Sept., 2009, to all the States and Union Territory Administrations wherein the States have been directed to conduct a comprehensive review of the effectiveness of their law and order machinery in tackling the problem of violence against women and to take appropriate measures aimed at increasing its responsiveness to such violence. Para XXX (30) of the advisory specifically advises to take Special steps to curb the ‘Violation of Women’s Rights by so called Honour Killings, to prevent forced marriage in some northern States, and other forms of Violence’.

This was stated by Minister of State in the Ministry of Home Affairs Shri Kiren Rijiju in Lok Sabha today.