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Early British Efforts to Crush Karo Kari in Colonial Sind

Aftab Nabi & Dost Ali Baloch

Abstract
Karo kari or honour killing is a chronic issue, deeply rooted in the socio-cultural life of Sindh
and Baluchistan province since ages. This article dilates upon it from the perspective of
crime prevention policy in the recent past when India was ruled by the British colonial power.
The efforts and concerns of Charles Napier about dealing with this issue are critically
evaluated in this paper. A historical analysis of the times of Charles Napier will provide
ample insight for the present law enforcement policy makers and social researchers.

Keywords: Sindhi, Baluchi, Karo Kari, Muslims, Hindoos, Capital Punishment, Jirga, Magistrate, Trial, Female Suicide.