January, 2011

NEW DELHI: The Delhi High Court has upheld a judgment by a lower court here sentencing a woman and her daughter to life imprisonment for killing her elder daughter at Uttam Nagar in West Delhi in 2002 to protect “the honour of the family in society.”

The two, mother Darshana and her daughter Rajni, had killed Raj because she had conceived in an illicit relationship.

The two thought that no one would marry Rajni if people came to know about her unwed pregnancy, the prosecution said.

The Court cancelled Rajni’s bail and directed her to surrender and undergo the remainder of her sentence. Her mother is already in judicial custody.

Commenting on the facts of the case, the Court said: “The appellants are the unfortunate victims of social thinking in India. They acted thinking that by doing away with Raj they could hide the social shame and stigma of her being an unwed mother. ”

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Thanks to the International Campaign against Honour Killings for the link.