India court calls for ‘stamping out honour killing’, BBC News (April 20, 2011). India’s supreme court took an aggressive stance against honor killing, describing the practice as “nothing but barbaric and shameful murder,” and threatening to prosecute senior officials who fail to take action against offenders. Many victims of honor killing are young couples who refuse forced or arranged marriages and, instead, marry outside of their caste or within their sub-caste. The judges denounced village caste councils that decree or encourage honor killings of boys and girls of different castes and religions who wish to marry or have married one another.

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