India

Between 2009 and 2010 SCL completed a project assessing the phenomenon of honour killings in the Indian regions of Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan. Despite numerous legal instruments and policy pronouncements honour killings remain an issue in India, and local police and magistrates are often sympathetic to the practice of killing. This has made systematic enforcement of the law problematic. SCL examined the cultural and social systems that gave rise to killings, including the socio-cultural understandings of honour (maryada) that drove the murders. SCL analysed the issue via problem space mapping and proposed a number of interventions to stop honour killings taking place.

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