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How Thick Is Blood?

No honour in this. The Centre treads softly on reining in the killer khaps.

How Thick Is Blood?
How Thick Is Blood?
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They were supposed to be a cocktail of tradition and modernity. Indeed, when they were first elected to the Lok Sabha six years ago, the young turks from the old pocketboroughs of Haryana, Rajasthan and western UP almost seemed a breath of fresh air. Of course, they came from the entrenched political families of the hinterland, but they came armed with fancy degrees from US varsities like Wharton and Indiana and there was this expectation that the new government would benefit from their progressive educational backgrounds and youth. But in khap country, it all seems so much surface veneer now, as tales of the brutal honour killings that have hounded our front pages these last few months have shown.

Honour killings come out of the belief that individual choices in marriage are proscribed by tradition and hence a violation must be avenged. The rash of incidents in the recent past where young couples have been butchered, shot dead and strung up on trees for defying a vague tradition has shocked the nation. Surely it should have elicited a...

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