Aneesh, a native of Mankulam in Thenkurisi, was hacked to death on Friday evening by his father-in-law. He had got married to Haritha, who is from an upper caste, hardly three months ago and the murder was its fallout.
Honour killing is often committed by a kin out of the belief that the victim has brought shame by breaching the basic principles of family, religion, community or caste. One's own community members too may resort to murder for the same reasons. Honour crimes are acts of vengeance and often women are victims owing to society's patriarchal views.
The sentence of life imprisonment means imprisonment for the rest of life or the remainder of life of the convict. A double life sentence will work as a single life sentence effectively as it is served concurrently.
The series of events that culminated in Kevin's murder included abduction and assault; the delay over police probe, an excuse over providing security for the Kerala Chief Minister, cops taking bribe, attempts to scuttle the probe, and the opposition stalling the assembly.