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PostSubject: Indian village proud of double honor killing   Sat May 17, 2008 10:37 am

Indian village proud after double "honor killing"

Fri May 16, 2008 5:46pm EDT


By Simon Denyer



BALLA, India (Reuters) - Five armed men burst into the small room and courtyard at dawn, just as 21-year-old, 22-week pregnant, Sunita was drying her face on a towel.
They punched and kicked her stomach as she called out for her sleeping boyfriend "Jassa", 22-year-old Jasbir Singh, witnesses said. When he woke, both were dragged into waiting cars, driven away and strangled.
Their bodies, half-stripped, were laid out on the dirt outside Sunita's father's house for all to see, a sign that the family's "honor" had been restored by her cold-blooded murder.
A week later, the village of Balla, just a couple of hours drive from India's capital New Delhi, stands united behind the act, proud, defiant almost to a man.
Among the Jat caste of the conservative northern state of Haryana, it is taboo for a man and woman of the same village to marry. Although the couple were not related, they were seen in this deeply traditional society as brother and sister.
"From society's point of view, this is a very good thing," said 62-year-old farmer Balwan Arya, sitting smoking a hookah in the shade of a tree in a square with other elders from the village council or panchayat. "We have removed the blot."
Growing economic opportunities for young people and lower castes in Haryana have made "love marriages" more common, experts say, and the violent repression of them has risen in tandem as upper caste Jat men fight to hold on to power, status and property.
Sunita's father Om Prakash has confessed to murdering his pregnant daughter and her boyfriend, police told Reuters. An uncle and two cousins were among four others arrested.

But in Balla many people believe the father confessed merely to underline that he supported his daughter's killing, to satisfy honor and protect the real culprits among his family or village.
At their house, Sunita's mother did not emerge to talk. Instead, a young man on a motorbike tried to intimidate the Reuters team into leaving. It turned out he was another of Sunita's cousins, his father and brother held by police.
"We are not ashamed of it, absolutely not, we have the honor of doing the village proud," he said.
"We would not have had a face to show if we had not done this. It was the act of 'real men'."

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PostSubject: Re: Indian village proud of double honor killing   Sat May 17, 2008 10:40 am

Wow, that's really messed up dammit. The rueters story has a pic of them lying dead in the street.

Ass****'s just busted in, killed them, left them lying in the road so everyone could see it, and the whole town thinks it's cool.

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PostSubject: Re: Indian village proud of double honor killing   Sun May 18, 2008 9:15 am

I've read enough shit about honor killings to last me a life time. I don't think anything has ever made me more sick than reading about some of these murders.

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PostSubject: Re: Indian village proud of double honor killing   Sun May 18, 2008 4:04 pm

Not talking to somebody because they broke local custom is cool in my book, but going in and killing a man and his preggers wife because they broke social custom....WOW.

Hard to fathom places like that still exist in the world.

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