Law soon to make honour killing a cognizable offence : A law will be put to force in order to make honour killing a cognizable offence, said the Centre to the Supreme Court on Wednesday. The law will lead to directions for prompt police action and criminal prosecution of the guilty.
Comments and views of 23 states have been received by the centre on the proposed bill, “The Prohibition of Interference with Freedom of Matrimonial Alliance Bill”. However the remaining states had been reminded to give their comments at the earliest, the court said.
The Centre told the apex court that it had sought the views of the states as law and order was a state domain.
“Police must protect the couple under fear of physical annihilation by housing them in protection home or by any other means as they may fit.”
The Centre urged the court to direct that there shall be a special cell in every district for receiving complaints in the matters of honour killing.
The court reiterated that whatever the caste, creed or religion of two consenting adults choosing to marry, no third party can interfere.
On February 5, the court said that Khap Panchayat can’t act as conscience keeper of the society.