The Haryana government has told the Punjab and Haryana high court that the standard operating procedure (SOPs) to deal with cases of honour killing have been put in place.
The government submission came in an alleged honour killing case reported in Sirsa in which the husband had moved the high court, alleging inaction by police in his wife’s murder case. Following the petition and fed up with the delay in the investigation, the HC had issued scores of directions to the state to deal with the issue.
The state has told the HC that at the local level, the senior superintendent of police (SSP) would oversee the probe into complaints of honour killing. The government also told the court that the director general of police (DGP) had directed senior superintendents of police (SSPs) to form special investigation team (SITs) to probe complaints of honour killing pending in various districts.
About the case in question, the government has told the HC that SIT had been constituted and matter being probed. So, far five persons had been named accused in the case.
In February, the high court, concerned over frequent cases of honour killing in the state, had directed the state government to constitute separate cells in every district for receiving complaints from couples expressing fear of murder from parents, relatives and khaps. The HC had also asked police to keep an army of “friends of people” from among progressive people in villages.
The HC order had came on a petition by Sirsa resident Manmeet Singh, who had approached the HC seeking a high-level investigation into the alleged murder of his wife, whom he had married against the wishes of her parents in September 2014. Manmeet and his wife belonged to different castes. After the marriage, she was taken away by her parents, following which he approached police and gave 11 names, but allegedly no action was taken. Manmeet’s wife was found murdered in October 2014.