Nearly 70% of murders in the name of honour in UP

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The NCRB report released on Tuesday reported a 7-fold rise in honour killing cases last year with UP registering the largest number
Jharkhand, Kerala and MP came 2nd, 3rd and 4th in political killings in 2015
The NCRB report also showed an increase in murders resulting from love affairs and illicit relationships

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NEW DELHI/LUCKNOW: Uttar Pradesh had 68% share of the total number of honour killings reported last year, the latest report of the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) says. The abnormal increase in the number of such cases from one in 2014 to 131 last year has stumped many.
The NCRB report released on Tuesday reported a seven-fold rise in honour killing cases last year, Uttar Pradesh registering the largest number. Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh followed. Honour killing as a separate segment was introduced in the NCRB report in 2014.

Similarly, UP registered steep rise in political murders —from two in 2014 to 28 last year. Jharkhand, Kerala and MP came second, third and fourth in political killings in 2015. Last year 96 political killings were registered across the country against 64 the previous year.

On the stunning rise in honour killings, an NCRB source said: "Whenever we notice an abnormal spike in cases, we get them verifi ed with the state crime records bureau before publishing them. This procedure was followed even in the case of Uttar Pradesh."

Senior state police officers told TOI that the sharp rise in honour killings could be because of better public awareness. Registration of such cases may rise even further because social media use is becoming popular even in the hinterland.

UP DGP Javeed Ahmed said honour killing was a social crime and believed stringent police action could act as a deterrent to some extent. "But, it is about creating awareness that such killings aren't a solution to complex social issues," he said.

Former Lucknow University vice-chancellor Roop Rekha Verma refused to accept that only one honour killing took place in UP in 2014. Many such crimes were not even reported, believes Verma.

"People have now started reporting such crimes. Earlier these were lumped with just other murders," said Madhu Garg, state general secretary of All India Democratic Women's Association.

The NCRB report also showed an increase in murders resulting from love affairs and illicit relationships.
Source - Times of india

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