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Specify Stand on Honour Killings, High Court tells Government

A division bench of Chief Justice Raghavendra Singh Chauhan & Justice Shameem Akhter issued notices to the government & various authorities on a public interest litigation (PIL) that sought constitution of a special investigation team to prevent honour killing. The investigation team was to also look into honour killings across the state.

The division bench was dealing with a public interest writ petition filed by V Sambasivarao, social activist & coordinator of Telangana State Bahujan Resistance Forum. The petitioner sought directions for a special Act to be enforced for justice in honour killings.

The petitioner Sambasivarao specifically brought to the notice of the court the case of Macherla Sushruta & her four-month-old old daughter, who were killed by her husband’s family. The petitioner further sought the direction of court to constitute a special investigation team to study 36 honour killings that took place in Telangana.

The state government requested time from the court to file counter in the matter. Conceding to the request of government, the bench adjourned the matter by two weeks.

Of late, Telangana has been vying with other infamous states in surpassing the dubious distinction of registering more number of honour killings. The killings are happening in a more brazen manner & in broad daylight. Civil society activists have been seeking the intervention of the courts as well as the state government to sensitise people about the ill effects of such killings. They have also been decrying the insensitive attitude of the law enforcing machinery that is failing in preventing the killings despite complaints in advance.

The petitioner specifically brought to the notice of the court the case of Macherla Sushruta & her four-month-old old daughter, who were killed by her husband’s family.

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