The Hindu ran a front page article a couple of days ago about a group of tribal leaders who are protesting the court conviction of seven men who killed a newly married couple (ages 19 and 23) because they belonged to the same sub-caste.
The killing was ordered by the leader of the couple’s local government. It seems abhorrent, but other tribal leaders are speaking out in his defense. I found the final quote from the article, to be particularly striking:
“The Hindu Marriage Act needs to be amended so that it can evaluate if the couple should be getting married or not. The present form of law will give a marriage certificate and later provide police protection to even a brother sister!” said Om Parkash Dhankhad.
It really echoes the anti-gay marriage rhetoric in the United States. Except here, the same moral logic is used to justify murder.
Full article here.