In an effort to bring down honour killings in the district,police personnel have been instructed to give security cover for couples who face threats from their own families. In a circular issued to all station house officers in the district by Senior Superintendent of Police Dharmender Singh,all personnel have been told to file complaints and arrange for police protection to couples who ask for such support.
Singh said,These steps are being taken to ensure the safety of couples who plan to get married,or have married against the wishes of their family. Police personnel have been asked not only to provide security,but also register a complaint immediately,and take photographs of those who come to the police station complaining of threats.
Senior police officers said the step has been taken keeping in view complaints from 56 couples,allegedly facing death threats from their own families. According to our records,there are over 100 couples that have eloped over the past year. In the last year,there were more than 20 cases of honour killings that were reported in the district, a senior officer said.
Senior officers also said that if investigations revealed that a murder was a case of honour killing,and a complaint had already been registered,then strict action would be taken.
Personnel at the relevant police station will be liable for suspension and transfers. This is why it is being insisted that photographs be taken. This will help in both identification of the body if a case does exist,and the family does not own up to the crime, a senior police officer said.