Punjab and Haryana High Court state: "Honor killing cases require fast track probes by SITs without unwarranted sympathy for offenders"
31 oct 2020
A bench of Justice Arun Kumar Tyagi of the Punjab and Haryana High Court has directed the Haryana Government to record the number of crimes registered involving honor killing, whether such investigations were fast-tracked, and the steps taken to protect the survivors.
The bench quoted the Supreme Court's recommendation of the death penalty for those guilty of honor killing.
It observed that the High Court must exercise its inherent power to do complete justice and issued directions to the Haryana government while hearing a bail plea of a person accused in an honor killing of one Dharambir at Fatehabad two years ago. There was opposition to the bail application, but the Haryana Government did not make any efforts to rescue the couple, which resulted in the High Court speaking about the requirement to speed up the investigations in honor killing cases, without any "unwarranted sympathy with the offenders.
The next hearing of the matter will be on November 10, 2020.