ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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What the State and Society Owes Them

Families of Murder Victims

This article examines the psychological conditions of the surviving family members of murder victims in India and points out the inadequacies in the formulated and reactionary responses of the state and community. These responses are often exclusively focused on harsh punishments for offenders while failing to consider the circumstances faced by the family members of the murdered. These secondary victims are in need of a holistic response from the state and society.

Homicidal violence, with due consideration to its severity and irreversibility, understandably draws intense reactions. The establishment of innocence or guilt and the subsequent punitive action are considered to be the sole agenda of the state to the exclusion of psychological, social, economic and related needs that are a part of the experience of having been affected by extreme violence.

Being Affected by Murder

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