Death penalty for 10 for 'honor killings' in India

June 9, 2011 - 5:44 AM

LUCKNOW, India (AP) — Police say the father and brother of a 20-year-old Indian woman have been sentenced to death for killing her and her husband for marrying in the same Hindu clan.

Brij Lal, a top police officer, says eight other family members also were sentenced to death by a trial court Wednesday for the killings three years ago in northern Uttar Pradesh state. The defendants can appeal to a higher court.

Judge Rajendra Babu Singh said the punishment should serve as a lesson to all those who kill their kin in the name of saving family honor.

Last month, India's top court recommended the death penalty for perpetrators of "honor killings," calling the practice barbaric and feudal.