An Analysis of Indian Supreme Court Judgments on Honour Crimes

July 22, 2022

In this blog, Sriraksha, CLPR Litigation Associate, traces Supreme Court judgments on crimes committed in the name of honour. She highlights why a comprehensive legal framework is the need of the hour to protect the right of an individual to choose their own partner.


The Need for a Law on Honour Crimes

May 13, 2022

Last month, a Special Court at Madurai convicted 10 of committing an honour crime in Tamil Nadu. The verdict led to renewed demands for a separate legislation that targets the heinous acts known as ‘honour killings’. This piece outlines the current legal framework for dealing with such acts and how a targeted law will be better equipped to ensure their deterrence. 


Intersectionality Matters: The Supreme Court Judgment in Patan Jamal Vali v State of Andhra Pradesh

May 14, 2021

On April 27, 2021, a two-judge bench headed by Justice DY Chandrachud, rendered a judgement in a criminal appeal against the judgment of Andhra Pradesh HC. The case was about the rape of a visually challenged girl belonging to the Scheduled Caste. The High Court had confirmed the conviction of the appellant under Section 3(2)(v) of the SC/ST Atrocities Act, 1989 “the Act” as well as Section 376(1) of the Indian Penal Code, 1860.