New Delhi: Against the backdrop of recent
spurt in `honour` killings, the Union Cabinet is likely to
deliberate on a bill tomorrow that provides for stringent
punishment for those involved in the crime.
Sources in Women and Child Development Ministry said the
bill brings honour killings under the definition of murder.
They said any khap panchayat (caste council) or any group
ordering honour killings or any person who carries out the
diktat will be jointly liable for punishment under the
The Indian Evidence Act will also be amended so as to
put the onus on the accused or the khap panchayats to prove
The sources said 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