In India, Castes, Honor and Killings Intertwine tells the story Nirupama Pathak, a 22-year-old Hindu woman.
Her family was Brahmin, the highest Hindu caste, and when Ms. Pathak, 22, announced she was secretly engaged to a young man from a caste lower than hers, her family began pressing her to change her mind. They warned of social ostracism and accused her of defiling their religion.
Days after Ms. Pathak returned home in late April, she was found dead in her bedroom. The police have arrested her mother, Sudha Pathak, on suspicion of murder, while the family contends that the death was a suicide.
The postmortem report revealed another unexpected element to the case: Ms. Pathak was pregnant.
The article goes on to say that intercaste marriages are protected by Indian law, but that new honor killings appear in the Indian media weekly and many people believe they are justifiable. You have to ask yourself: How do you change the mind of an entire culture? Can the practice of honor killings be stopped? How do you go about making such a big change?
And also, Why are women always the ones killed for honor?
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