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Government defers decision on honour killing bill, forms GoM

With a spurt in incidents of honour killings across the country, the Government today decided to set up a GoM to consider amendments to the law to deal with the issue and said the bill for that will be brought in the monsoon session of Parliament.

india Updated: Jul 08, 2010 14:18 IST

With a spurt in incidents of honour killings across the country, the Government today decided to set up a Group of Ministers (GoM) to consider amendments to the law to deal with the issue and said the bill for that will be brought in the monsoon session of Parliament.

"Government wants amendments to be brought to Parliament in the monsoon session," Information and Broadcasting Minister Ambika Soni told reporters after the meeting of the Union Cabinet in New Delhi.

Apart from a Group of Ministers (GoM) which would be set up to consider amendments to the law to deal with honour killings, views will also be sought from states to the proposed amendments to IPC and CrPC to deal with the killings, Soni said.

"The so-called honour killings have to be brought under the ambit of law of land," she said.

"Consultations will be completed well before the monsoon session is over," Union Home Minister P Chidamabaram added.

The amendments will seek to bring honour killings under the definition of murder by amending the Indian Penal Code.

It would also seek to amend the Indian Evidence Act which would bring the onus on Khap Panchayats to prove their innocence in any such case.

The khap panchayat (caste council) or any group ordering honour killings and any person who carries out the diktat will be jointly liable for punishment under the proposed legislation.

The Government also plans to do away with the 30-day notice period under the Special Marriage Act for inter-caste and inter-religion marriages.

Taking note of the recent spurt in 'honour' killings, the Supreme Court had last month sought response from the Union Government and eight states on steps taken to prevent such incidents.