Haryana’s advocate general Hawa Singh Hooda: Misuse of sections 304B and 498A IPC has been recognized even in judicial pronouncements
In his comments submitted to the state government about proposed law on honour killings by the Centre, Hooda said, ‘The amendment in the statute should not be made on stray incidents and especially in view of the facts that the controversy in question is a clash of thought between the two generations. Suitable remedial steps may be taken on the social front to bridge the generation gap, which is primarily leading to the ‘honour killings’ in the society.’
Hooda feels that the reform by way of change in mindset of society in general should be the foremost priority and infliction of punishment should be secondary. ‘A balanced legislation is possible only if the social perspectives as well as the legal aspects of the issue involved are deliberated in depth. None should lose sight of the fact that misuse of sections 304B and 498A IPC has been recognized even in judicial pronouncements and incidents of dowry death and demand of dowry have not come to an end after coming into force of Section 304B and 498A of IPC,’ he added.
Trying to explain the reasons behind ‘honour killings’ Hooda said, ‘The tendency of every group is to preserve their own identity and traditions. With the increase in literacy among the populace, and interaction among different groups, the thinking of youth underwent a change which led to stirring of the society as a whole, giving impression to the elders that youth is going unruly and they are out to destroy the very basic and norms of the society. Due to non acceptance of the said change, the resistance was offered by elders joined by illiterate or semi-illiterate with the impression in their mind that what they are doing is pious and good for the society and coming generations.’