I sighed with relief. Believe me it was like a big hand that was squeezing my heart lifted. Wondering what it is. Nothing great. The case of the Aarushi murder where, Rajesh Talwar, the father, was arrested as a suspect. And he has been released stating he is innocent. Now you all must be wondering why should I be relieved. It so happened, my son has been reading this news, and also there had been discussion at school (ofcourse this cannot be avoided), and was upset. The same time, there were flashes of parents killing their children, born and unborn. He raised a pertinent question. Why have parents become so ruthless without any love and affection that they do no mind killing their children. And also about children killing their parents. I seriously did not have a answer. A boy of 10 years asking me questions that have been raging a war in my brain for quite some time. Forget the Aarushi case, now it is come out clear that the servants were the culprit.Now I can tell him not all fathers’ are bad. But for the past few weeks I have been reading about parents joining the villagers and hacking their kids because they got married someone who was not suitable. And also about parents who forced the girl to consume poison after being denied the right to get married to a boy of her choice. The boy, on the other hand, left the village along with his family, fearing reprisal and the reason they all quote is FAMILY HONOR and also justify the killings as killing for honor. I really do not understand what is honor here. But killing in the name of honor is something that is prevalent all over the world, not only <st1:country-region><st1lace>India</st1lace></st1:country-region> but is more prominently noticed in Islamic countries.. The UN estimates talk about a whopping 5000 + women who becomes victims of this each year and this does not include the ones that go unreported. What is dishonor according to these ruthless people .. ..it is refusing to marry or going against the family and marrying on their own choice, sexual assault. The one thing that really hurts me is that when a woman is already raped, or assaulted sexually, how come she is dishonoring the family and why not the person who has assaulted her being killed. “Whomever has not sinned, throw the first stone” is mentioned almost in all the religions And though it is more seen in Islamic religion, I really doubt if there is any teachings that say you should kill in the name of honor .. The other appalling thing that hits your senses, though the killing is usually thought to be done by the men in the family and in most cases the fathers, brothers and husbands are the perpetrators, it is also seen the females in the family are also involved. (And I was aghast at the hearing the mother say my daughter deserved it, when she was questioned about her involvement in hacking the daughter for getting married to somebody) . In few Cases the whole village supports the same. Every time, the governments and organization raise their voice against this, and also try to frame rules against these killings they get to much opposition from groups. I feel honor killings are a way of escapism, barbarism and easy way out for the parents and families. I still strongly believe that it was never a religious practice but a curse of the developments. And it is something the whole world has to join hands against.