IWPC condemns `honour killing` of scribe

The Indian Women`s Press Corps (IWPC) on Wednesday described the "honour killing" of a Delhi-based journalist as a "dastardly act" which is reflective of a deep-rooted social malaise.

Updated: May 05, 2010, 18:47 PM IST

New Delhi: The Indian Women`s Press Corps
(IWPC) on Wednesday described the "honour killing" of a Delhi-based
journalist as a "dastardly act" which is reflective of a
deep-rooted social malaise.

In a statement, the IWPC said the gruesome act of killing
of 22-year-old Nirupama Pathak, working with Business
Standard, allegedly by her family members was "shocking and
reprehensible".

"The IWPC has taken serious note of the killing of its
fellow journalist and would like to initiate a debate to
prevent occurrences of such dastardly acts which are
reflective of a deep-rooted social malaise," it said.

Pathak`s mother Subha, who is suspected to have had a
hand in her death, had already been arrested after post-mortem
report confirmed that the scribe had died of asphyxia as a
result of smothering.

The Delhi-based journalist, a Brahmin, was planning to
marry her batchmate at the Indian Institute of Mass
Communication, New Delhi, who belonged to another caste and
her family members were against it.

PTI