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Hindu Honor Killings Article Challenged by Hindu Human Rights Activists

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Hindu Honor Killings Article Challenged by Hindu Human Rights Activists

by Phyllis Chesler

Pajamas Media

June 29, 2010

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Tell the truth—get in trouble. This always happens, there are no exceptions. And we wonder why so many people avoid telling the truth and why people can no longer recognize the truth when they see it?

Earlier today, I published a piece about Hindu honor killings. Yes, they are committed in India, not in the West. Hindu immigrants to Europe and North America very rarely commit honor killings. In my latest MEQ study, only 3% of the honor killings committed in the West were committed by Hindus.

But, as the author of two studies about honor killings (here's the first one), I would be remiss if I did not share such information once it came my way.

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"Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki has
said the United States, England and France deserved to be eliminated in the
World Cup for imposing nuclear sanctions on Tehran, newspapers reported on
Wednesday. 'In this World Cup you see a meaningful correlation between politics
and diplomacy and football,' Mottaki was quoted as saying by Tehran Emrouz

AFP: "Russia, France and the United States have proposed
a UN-brokered meeting with experts from all three countries and Iran to discuss
a nuclear fuel swap deal, Russia's top diplomat said on Tuesday. The talks brokered by the International
Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) would be held on condition that Iran stop enriching
uranium to 20 percent levels, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said during a
visit to Israel."

Bloomberg: "Iran lifted a cap on the percentage of shares
in Iranian banks that can be owned by a foreign individual or company, the
government said. President Mahmoud
Ahmadinejad signed an order on June 27 for government departments, including
the Ministry of Economy and Finance, to implement the banking-law amendment
approved by the parliament in May, the government said today on its website."

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"But Iran's nuclear program remains his agency's No.
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proposal first floated last year to swap Iran's enriched uranium stockpile for
fuel to power a Tehran medical reactor has left the international community
with little space for a deal."

WSJ: "Turkey on Tuesday called for Iran to negotiate with
world powers as soon as possible over a nuclear-fuel swap deal, a show of
frustration from one of Tehran's few allies during recent international
sparring over how to address Iran's nuclear ambitions."

AFP: "The United Arab Emirates is 'taking action' to
maintain nuclear security, its envoy to the atomic watchdog said on Tuesday
after a reported UAE crackdown on Iranian firms dealing in dangerous materials."

Reuters: "Iran said on Tuesday it would soon resume
nuclear talks with Turkey and Brazil - a tentative first step back to
international negotiations after Tehran was hit with a new wave of sanctions
over its disputed nuclear work. Iran has
belittled the UN, US and European sanctions and President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
said on Monday he would return to long-frozen talks with world powers but on
certain conditions only, and not before the end of August."

Radio Farda: "U.S. President Barack Obama and Saudi Arabia's
King Abdullah have voiced 'strong support' for international efforts to curb
Iran's nuclear program, which the West says masks a secret drive to develop an
atomic bomb-making capability."

AFP: "A man claiming
to be an Iranian nuclear scientist whom Tehran alleges the United States
kidnapped said he has escaped from US agents, in a video screened on Tuesday on
Iranian television. 'I am Shahram Amiri,
a citizen of the Islamic republic. A few minutes ago I managed to escape from
the hands of US intelligence agents in Virginia,' said the man in the footage
shown on state television."


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"An Armenian government minister says
Yerevan is seeking as much as $1 billion in loans from China to finance a
railway link to neighboring Iran, RFE/RL's Armenian Service reports. Armenian Transport and Communications
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officials and financial institutions in Iran, China, and Russia about funding
the project. He added that he hopes an agreement with China will provide more than
$1 billion of the required funding."

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cleric Mehdi Karrubi has again been harassed by a group of apparent hard-liners
who verbally assailed him at the Sharif University mosque on June 29. Karrubi
was reportedly shouted down upon entering the mosque to attend a mourning
ceremony for the father of former reformist official Mohammad Reza Aref."

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Green Movement's inadvertent icon Neda Agha Soltan, the Iranian regime released
a documentary last week to counter the widely accepted narrative of the
incident. It concludes that an unknown
woman approached Agha-Soltan and, grabbing a gun in her purse, shot her."

NYT: "As reports circulated Tuesday that Iran was
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life intensified, with a prominent opposition figure publicly urging the
authorities to show compassion."


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committee: the first, Congress eliminated one sentence in the Iran Sanctions
Act which for fourteen years permitted companies providing technology, goods
and services to the Iranian oil and natural gas sectors to escape U.S.
sanctions; and the second, Congress added additional language to the
legislation which could bar foreign companies that do business with the U.S.
from entering into joint ventures, partnerships and investments with the
Iranian regime for foreign energy projects outside Iran."

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India: "Hindu Honor Killings"

India: "Hindu Honor Killings"

Responsible for Equality And Liberty (R.E.A.L.)

Reports on honor killings in India, and articles by women's rights
activist Phyllis Chesler

News: Honour killings: Conflict between tradition and modernity

-- Sify News
: "With a spate of so-called 'honour killings' shocking
the nation in recent weeks, human rights activists say the increase in
such cases is a testimony to the growing conflict between rigid family
tradition and modernity."

-- "They also feel the problem can be resolved by increasing awareness
and bringing tougher legislations."


-- "A series of cases, where young men or women were murdered for
marrying outside caste or within the same sub-caste or against the
family's wishes have come to the fore in recent times. Delhi had
back-to-back cases in the past two weeks."

-- "Only a few politicians have spoken against such crimes because caste
can determine an election win or loss, felt Kant, whose organisation
had filed a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) before the Supreme court on
this issue."

India: A Demonstrator
Calls for a Comprehensive Law against "Honor Killings" (Photo: Sify

Outlook India:
Congress for Stern Handling of Honour Killing Cases

-- Jayanthi Natarajan condemns "honor killings," murders, and violence

-- did not comment on "gotra marriages"

-- Outlook India:
"Asked whether Congress supports Khap Panchayats' demand for a change
in Hindu Marriage Act, she said, 'We have not taken any view on changes
in the Hindu Marriage Act.'"


A TV grab of Kuldeep Singh and his wife Monica (Ankit Chaudhury's  sister) murdered in "honor killing" in North Delhi, along with  a third victim Shobha (sister of Mandeep Nagar)
grab of Kuldeep Singh and his wife Monica (Ankit Chaudhury's sister)
murdered in "honor killing" in North Delhi, along with a third victim
Shobha (sister of Mandeep Nagar)

of India: Honour killing case: Pistol used by accused recovered

--- accused Mandeep Nagar, Ankit Chaudhury, and Nakul Khari

--- Triple "honor killing" case - killing Ankit's sister Monica and
her husband Kuldeep Singh, and Shobha, Mandeep's sister

-- Times
of India
: "Making a headway in the Ashok Vihar honour killing case,
Delhi Police have recovered from Rishikesh the pistol allegedly used by
three youths to kill three of their relatives for marrying outside
their caste."

-- "A team of city police recovered the .32 bore pistol from Rishikesh
where they had taken the accused -- Ankit, Mandeep and Nakul -- for
further investigation in the case. The trio were arrested from Ghaziabad
on June 24."

-- "The accused had told police that they had thrown the pistol in the
river after killing Ankit's sister Monica and her husband Kuldeep for
marrying outside the community. Later, they allegedly killed Shobha,
Mandeep's sister, who had earlier eloped with a person outside her

--- Outlook India: 3
Honour Killing Suspects Sent to 5 Days' Police Custody

--- IBN:
Cops find weapon used in Delhi honour killings

--- IBN: "The weapon used in the gruesome triple honour killing case of a
Delhi couple and another young girl has been reportedly recovered. The
pistol used to kill Monica, her husband Kuldeep Singh and her cousin
Shobha was found in Rishikesh."

--- New
Kerala: Delhi: Honour killing after 4-year marriage - in Ashok Vihar,
north Delhi

--- Couple
shot dead in Ashok Vihar

India: Men Accused in Delhi "Honor Killings" --
Mandeep Nagar, Ankit Chaudhury, and Nakul Khari -- Accused of killing
Ashok Vihar, Shobha Nagar,

of India: NRI held for suspected honour killing in Punjab

-- Amritpal Kaur "honor killing"

-- Times
of India:
"A non-resident Indian (NRI) will be produced in a court
here on Wednesday following his arrest on Tuesday night for allegedly
murdering his teenaged step-daughter in a suspected case of honour

-- "Mehtab Singh was arrested after the police got a tip-off that he had
brought his step-daughter Amritpal Kaur, 17, from Brussels, Belgium,
earlier this month and clandestinely cremated her here after saying that
she died of food poisoning."

-- "Police officials said the death of the girl seemed to be mysterious
and that the step-father had shown undue urgency in cremating her."

-- "The police are investigating if the girl was killed by Mehtab Singh
as she had fallen in love with a youth, Lakhwinder Singh, in Belgium."

-- "Lakhwinder belonged to another lower caste and this was not to the
liking of Mehtab Singh. He is believed to have poisoned her a few days
back and got her cremated."

Times: Honour killing: Girl hacked to death by mother

-- Rekha Yadav "honor killing"

-- Hindustan
: "In yet another case of suspected honour killing, a
16-year-old girl was hacked to death in the district allegedly by her
mother who disapproved of her relationship with a neighbour, a senior
police officer said on Tuesday."

-- Rediff:
Honour killing: Now mother hacks girl to death

News: Another suspected honour killing in Haryana


Asian Age: "India has over 1,000 honour killings a year"

-- Asian Age
: "As instances of 'honour killings' are reported with
alarming -- and increasing -- regularity across the country, a research
paper to be presented at an international conference in London by some
Indian jurists on crimes against women next week suggests that the
total number of such killings could be well over 1,000 every year in

-- "The research paper titled 'Social-legal perspective of forced
marriages', prepared by Chandigarh-based senior lawyer Ranjit Malhotra,
an alumnus of the University of London and dealing with cases of
intercontinental marital disputes and custody of children, says that at
least '900 incidences of honour killings' take place in three states
alone -- Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh -- every year."

--- on July 2, 2010 in UK, Ranjit Malhotra to present research paper
"Social-legal perspective of forced marriages" claiming total number of
honor killings in India could be over 1,000 every year

---- Program
for July 2, 2010 event


Honor Killings? Yes, In India - by Phyllis Chesler

Honor Killings Article Challenged by Hindu Human Rights Activists - by
Phyllis Chesler

-- Phyllis
: "In June, 2010, (this very month), 16 Hindu victims (five
male-female couples, five girls alone, one man alone) were murdered,
their bodies finally discovered, the perpetrators finally arrested or
sentenced. The murderers were all members of the girl’s family-of-origin
in a planned conspiracy."


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