Evans’s terms “love” and “honor” stem from the romantic relationships between caste or religious sects, where the term “honor” (or questioning one's honor) comes from societal and traditional expectations surrounding marriage and family. Evans questions what it means to honor, and what can be changed when relationships inspire violence and “[echo] themes found in legendary stories.” He sees telling these stories–and spreading the word that nonviolence is an acceptable alternative–as a step toward ending the phenomenon.
Stemming from his research that led to a PhD, this compact, approachable volume reads a bit like a thesis, though Evans, who is not a resident of the region, rather than just document a phenomenon, urges action, arguing what needs to be done to stem honor killings and suggesting that there’s a clear path of “stepping stones” leading to “progress.” (His research is qualitative rather than quantitative.) Those interested in peace, justice, and reconciliation issues will find this book of interest, and those with a particular interest in religious studies, myth and world literature, and law will also find much of Evans’ research compelling.
Takeaway: A compact, approachable treatise on the phenomenon of honor killings and forbidden love in Northern India and Nepal.
Great for fans of: Minoo Alinia’s Honor and Violence against Women in Iraqi Kurdistan, Ayşe Önal’s Honor Killing.
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