Topic: Social empowerment, communalism, regionalism & secularism.
1) India needs a comprehensive law to deal with ‘honor killing’. Critically Examine. (250 words)
Why this question:
The question must discuss the social evil of honor killing and need for comprehensive law to tackle the same.
Key demand of the question:
One must discuss in detail the need for comprehensive law for honor killing.
Critically examine – When asked to ‘Examine’, we have to look into the topic (content words) in detail, inspect it, investigate it and establish the key facts and issues related to the topic in question. While doing so we should explain why these facts and issues are important and their implications. When ‘critically’ is suffixed or prefixed to a directive, one needs to look at the good and bad of the topic and give a fair judgement.
Structure of the answer:
Explain in brief honor killing as a social evil in the country.
Explain that In India, honor killings take place if a couple marries outside their caste or religion. Khap panchayats also oppose and mete out punishments to couples who marry within the same gotra (lineage) or transgress other societal norms.
The Supreme Court, in 2006, ruled that, “Inter-caste marriages are in fact in the national interest as they will result in destroying the caste system.”
Explain that We have the law, but unfortunately, the system doesn’t function properly. We need a special law that specifies what needs to be looked at during the investigation and prosecution of an honour killing case and that it is not tried broadly as a murder. There need to be detailed examinations, the forensic evidence needs to be collected keeping the motive of honour killing in mind and so on. They need to check what preceded the murder.
Discuss then the need for laws in place to tackle with such evils.
Conclude with need for urgency of stringent laws to handle honor killing in the country.