Crimes against Women in the Name of Honour : Women's Rights and Citizenship in South Asia

In most South Asian contexts, formal and informal legal systems exist in parallel with overlapping powers. The informal judicial system, or customary practice, often guards the boundaries within which people interact with one another. According to reports in the media, "honour crimes" are assuming alarming proportions in India and Pakistan. Honour crimes are acts of violence, usually murder, committed by male family members against female family members who are held to have brought dishonour on the family. There is a growing demand on the part of women's movements that competing legal frameworks be aligned in such a manner as to check such acts and uphold citizenship rights.

This project aims to make the State accountable for fulfilling its obligation to protect women's right to life and right to live life without fear. It will do so by examining the mechanics of impunity with respect to honour crimes and devising strategies for intervention.

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Start Date

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

End Date

Wednesday, January 4, 2012


24 months

IDRC Officer

Singh, Navsharan

Total funding

CA$ 145,600


Canada, North and Central America, Europe, United Kingdom, India, Pakistan, South Asia, South America, Central Asia, Far East Asia


Governance and Justice

Project Leader

Manisha Gupte and Ramesh Awasthi


Mahila Sarvangeen Utkarsh Mandal

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