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A Bill Against Honour Killing?

  • Rajasthan State Legislative Assembly passed the Rajasthan Prohibition of Interference with the Freedom of Matrimonial Alliances in the Name of Honour and Tradition Bill, 2019 on 5th August, 2019.
  • The Bill provides punishment of life imprisonment or death penalty for murdering couples in the name of family honour.
  • If the community or family cause death of a couple or either of them, on the grounds of dishonour to the community or family will be punished with death or life imprisonment and a penalty of maximum Rs. 5 Lakh.
  • If the couple is grievously hurt, the community or the family will be punished with 10 years of rigorous imprisonment for life with a penalty of maximum Rs. 3 Lakh.
  • Incase of simple injuries, the community or the family will be punished with 3-5 years of imprisonment with a penalty of maximum Rs. 2 lakh.
  • The Bill also said that the District or Sub Divisional Magistrate shall receive information or request from any person who seeks protection from any unlawful assembly or person who objects lawful marriage.
  • The Bill states that if a group assembles with an intention to condemn any lawful marriage in the name of damaging the honour of family, or community will be punished with maximum 5 years of jail and a penalty of 1 Lakh.

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