Death penalty for 10 for ‘honor killings’ in India; they killed couple who wed within clan
The father and brother of a 20-year-old Indian woman have been sentenced to death for killing her and her husband for marrying within the same Hindu clan, police said Thursday.
Eight other family members also were given the death penalty by a trial court on Wednesday for the killings three years ago in the northern Uttar Pradesh state, said Brij Lal, a top police officer. The defendants can appeal to a higher court.
Judge Rajendra Babu Singh said the punishments should serve as a lesson to all those who kill in the name of saving family honor.
Last month, India’s top court recommended the death penalty for perpetrators of “honor killings,” calling the practice barbaric and feudal.