Hon­our killings in Rus­sia tar­get women

DNA (Daily News & Analysis) Mumbai Edition - - FRONT PAGE -

Be­tween 2008 and 2017, 36 women and three men be­came the vic­tims of hon­our killings in the Rus­sian republics of Dages­tan, In­gushetia and Chech­nya, ac­cord­ing to the ‘Killed by Gos­sip’ re­port pub­lished by the Dutch Le­gal Ini­tia­tive NGO on Thurs­day. The term hon­our killings refers to the mur­der of in­di­vid­u­als sus­pected of in­fi­delity or other “in­ap­pro­pri­ate” sex­ual be­hav­iour and are pre­dom­i­nantly car­ried out by fam­ily mem­bers of a vic­tim. Hu­man rights groups have said that the prac­tice has long been a prob­lem in Rus­sia’s pre­dom­i­nantly Mus­lim North Cau­ca­sus re­gion, as per a Moscow Times ar­ti­cle. A ma­jor­ity of the vic­tims were young un­mar­ried women be­tween 20 and 30 years of age and less than half of the mur­ders made it into the court sys­tem, the NGO said. The or­gan­i­sa­tion added that the real num­ber was likely much higher as the “vast ma­jor­ity of hon­our killings re­main un­re­ported” and lo­cal of­fi­cials refuse to in­ves­ti­gate them, cit­ing “cul­tural norms.” The In­dian sub­con­ti­nent has seen its fair share of hon­our killing. In In­dia alone more than 300 hon­our killings have taken place in the last four years. There are no sep­a­rate laws to deal with such crime. These mur­ders are usu­ally com­mit­ted by fam­ily mem­bers/ac­quain­tances who are close to the vic­tims.

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