Govt drafts law to end `honour` killings

Govt said it has drafted a law that seeks to put an end to such `extra-judicial` actions.

New Delhi: With reports of `honour` killings
of young couples and `kangaroo` court rulings on the rise,
government today said it has drafted a law that will seek to
put an end to such `extra-judicial` actions.

Law Minister M Veerappa Moily told reporters here that
the Home Ministry has already prepared a Bill aimed at
"putting an end" to such crimes being reported from different
parts of the country.

"The Home Ministry has already drafted a Bill, which has
been vetted. It will be a tight law to put an end to such
crimes," he said when asked to comment on the proposed law
that the Home Ministry had prepared.

The Law Minister had a couple of days ago said that the
government was planning to bring the bill in the Monsoon
Session of Parliament next month to provide for deterrent
punishment for `honour` killings.

"We have already finalised a draft and the bill should
come in the next session," Moily had said.

He had said that the bill envisaged amendments to several
related acts, including the Evidence Act, and the onus would
be on the accused to prove their innocence.