In India, women are killed for daring to defend their sexual freedom or the freedom to choose their partner.
Four days before International Women’s Day, on Thursday, the video of a father holding his daughter’s severed head while walking informally in the street caused shock across India.
Sarvesh Kumar, from the village of Pandetara in Hardoi, Uttar Pradesh, believes that he was 17 years old because of a so-called romantic relationship with a man he disapproved of. Beheaded his daughter. In the video, he is fact. There is no inner gui or sadness, just the actual narrative of the event.
Two days ago, after he and a man caught his daughter in a compromise position, he vowed not to kill any food or water unless he could kill the two. In the video, he explained that he couldn̵
Due to its graphic content, the clip has been largely removed from the social media platform.
At some point in the video, he put his severed head on the ground. The pony tail on the girl’s head hung down. She closed her eyes. “I left the body in the room,” Kumar told the man who was shooting the video. He provided the name of his daughter and the name of the man allegedly related to her. He proudly explained how he killed her and why. The person interrupted the narration twice to answer the call. When the police searched him, he would cooperate with the police and assure them that “I don’t have any weapons on my body.”
Incidents like this are particularly common in India, especially in patriarchal zones like Uttar Pradesh. Many women who choose to go against the wishes of their family members or seek relationships outside of religion or the community may suffer fatal consequences from their male relatives. In our society, honor is closely related to a woman’s chastity, and any deviation will be severely punished.
In January, a 17-year-old girl and her 19-year-old boyfriend were allegedly murdered by the girl’s relatives in the Bariri district of Uttar Pradesh. The following month, the IANS News Agency reported that another woman was burned alive in Gorakhpur state because of her relationship with a Muslim man. A few days later, a man stabbed his brother son for marrying his sister in Meerut.
Although their partners also bear the brunt, studies have found that women and girls receive the greatest punishment from their families.
A 2016 report in the International Journal of Recent Scientific Research analyzed 50 honour killings in Uttar Pradesh and found that in more than half of the cases, girls and women were killed. On the contrary, in less than a quarter of the cases, boys and men were killed. The study also found that most murder targets were young women between the ages of 11 and 20.
“In order to combat the prevalence of honor killings, it is necessary to understand what makes these murders unique. They are different from ordinary and mentally ill homicides, serial killings, passionate crimes, revenge killings and domestic violence.” The woman’s behavior.
The U.S. State Department’s Human Rights Practice Report 2019 found that honour killings are “a problem, especially in Punjab, Uttar Pradesh and Haryana.” According to the latest report from the National Crime Records Bureau, especially Uttar Pradesh ranks among the top Indian states with the highest number of crimes against women in 2019.
However, in general, honour killings are seriously underreported in India.
According to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), although non-governmental organizations (NGOs) estimate that this number may be as high as 20,000, 5,000 women and girls are still victims of honour killings every year.
Although these crimes are considered homicides in India, they are not a deterrent for many people. The killing of reputation often involves the tacit complicity of family members and surrounding communities. Now, the Hadoi case is a clear and striking reminder of why India is still one of the most dangerous countries for women.