HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH defines “honour killings” as follows: “Honour killings are acts of vengeance, usually death, committed by family members against female family members, who are held to have brought dishonour upon the family. A woman can be targeted by (individuals within) her family for a variety of reasons, including: refusing to enter into an arranged marriage, being the victim of a sexual assault, seeking a divorce—even from an abusive husband—or (allegedly) committing adultery. The mere perception that a woman has behaved in a way that “dishonours” her family is sufficient to trigger an attack on her life.”
According to HBVA (Honour based Violence Awareness), an international digital resource centre working to advance understanding and awareness of Honour Killings and Honour Based Violence through research, documentation and information for professionals who may encounter individuals at risk, around 5000 honour killings happen internationally every year (a severe underestimate) of which 1,000 occur in India and another 1,000 in Pakistan.
Honour killing is more related to social and cultural practice and beliefs than anything else and it is wrong to seek the cause in faith.
Why then did Hon. Gayan choose to link honour killing with Islam and Pakistan? Is it because he too has turned into a fervent acolyte of the Modi-type monstrosity?
Trump in the USA is a white supremacist who thinks minorities should be less than second-class citizens; Netanyahu is a Zionist who considers Palestinians as non-humans; Modi the Hindutva/RSS ultra-extremist would like to exterminate Indian Muslims. The Gayans and the Varmas are their loyal servants.
The election victory of BJP has fuelled ‘Hindu Rashtra’ enthusiasm in both India and Mauritius and the Modi crows are singing full-throated songs of praise for the new 56 inch chest demi-god. They are not only found in the MSM but also in the Labour Party, the MMM and others.
It’s high time for progressives to unite and denounce right wing and far right politics; denounce the new militarization of the Indian Ocean through the Americano-Indian alliance; denounce the use of ‘Chota Bharat’ to pillage Africa; and most importantly to build a Rainbow Nation on our beautiful Creole Island.