Honour killing: Haryana to pay compensation
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Last Updated: Saturday, July 02, 2011, 20:49
Chandigarh: The Punjab and Haryana High Court has directed Haryana government to pay a compensation of Rs 6 lakh to the mother of a youth who was killed on the diktat of khap panchayat (illegal village court) for marrying a girl belonging to the same 'gotra' (lineage).

Manoj, 23, of Kaithal and his newly-wed wife Babli, 19, were killed in Kaithal district in 2007 allegedly on the diktat of Khap or caste council as they belonged to the same gotra or sub-caste. The two got married against the wishes of the girl's family on April 7, 2007.

Justice Ritu Bahri of the High Court yesterday directed the government to pay a compensation of Rs six lakh to Manoj's mother Chanderpati.

On the plea of Manoj?s mother, the High Court ruled she be paid Rs 3 lakh each as comenpensation for the death of her son Manoj and Babli.

The court has held that Haryana government failed to provide security to the newly-wed couple despite the court orders.

Justice Bahri said that on June 12 2007, a session?s court in Kaithal had ordered protection to Manoj and Babli and three days later they even appeared in a court for recording their statements. However, the police personnel left them unattended at Pipli and they were killed.

In the order, the Judge pointed out that it has been observed by the Additional Sessions Judge, Karnal, that the police personnel had left the couple unattended and never informed their superiors.

"It is a matter of record that the Superintendent of Police, Kaithal, had in its order dated April 29, 2008, come to a conclusion that head constable Jeyinder was constantly in touch with the accused and was responsible for leaking the information regarding Manoj and Babli. He has since been removed from service."

The couple was killed on June 15, 2007, after the police team accompanying them left them at Pipli. On June 23, the bodies of Manoj and Babli were recovered from Barwala Link Canal.

Justice Bahri rejected the argument of the counsel for Haryana government that the case of the petitioner shall be considered by the state government as per the scheme which is being framed by the state for creation of funds for preparation of Victim Compensation Scheme by adding a new Section 357-A in the Criminal Procedure Code as and when the scheme is finalized.

Regarding the quantum of compensation, Justice Bahri relied upon a recent precedent where a compensation of Rs 3 lakh was paid by the state to a boy, who was attacked by a mob and was provided security by police.

The proceedings for claiming compensation were filed by Manoj's mother in August, 2007, according to the counsel of the petitioner.

A sessions court in Karnal had in March last year awarded death sentence to five relatives of victim Babli's family but later the High Court here had commuted the capital punishment of four to life imprisonment.


First Published: Saturday, July 02, 2011, 20:49

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