“Killing Over” is the new Buzz; let’s NOT join

Read Below a few articles published in Hindustan Times. The complete matter have been produced for reader’s benefit. The new Buzz in the air..

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Don’t be misguided; the matter is primitive, only the buzz is just happening. We have just accepted taking pride in killing. In other words, we now feel honored. Slaughter houses need to pick these butchers up- the meanest Men or women who love to butcherate..

There’s something gravely wrong with people. I was taught of these as Social mal- practices which were so much “abolished”. I am not going to write anything about it simply because— you know why, don’t you?

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Lovers commit suicide after opposition from family

(sorce: HT- 10th May, 2010)

Facing stiff opposition from family members, a boy and a girl, in love, on Tuesday allegedly committed suicide by jumping in front of a moving train at Govindnagar area here.

Kishan (25) and Seema (20) were in love with each other. They decided to get married but their family members were opposed to their relationship.

When the family members did not agree for their marriage even after repeated persuasions, the couple decided to take the extreme step, Circle officer Prashant Kumar said.

The severely mutilated bodies were found on the railway track

The police has also recovered a suicide note from the spot but refused to divulge the contents of the letter.

Meanwhile, the bodies have been sent for a post mortem and investigation is on to probe the role of the family members

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Cop assaults daughter

(source: HT- 9th May, 2010)

Scanned Image of the article in HT- 9th May, 2010

A sub- inspector of the Uttar Pradesh Police allegedly threw his daughter from the rooftop of his house here on Friday evening, as the girl had married without his permission.

The girl, admitted to a local hospital with serious injuries, recorded her statement at the hospital, accusing her father of attempting to kill her, according to sources.

Suresh Pal Singh was upset over his daughter Parul’s marriage with her class fellow Dilip Kumar at the Vaishno Devi temple on Monday. Parul and Dilip were students in a management institute in Meerut. On Friday, the couple legalised their marriage in a Ghaziabad court.

Singh came to know about his daughter’s marriage when he came home on Friday evening. And in a fit of rage, he allegedly threw her from the roof.

A case against Singh will be lodged on the basis of Parul’s complaint by Saturday evening, the sources said, adding that police teams had been dispatched to nab Singh, who is at present posted in Ghaziabad.

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‘Killed’ for honour, Meerut couple walks back to life

(Source: HT- 10th May, 2010)

Scanned Image of the article in HT- 10th May, 2010

Throat slit, legs chopped off and buried in a field, Ajit Saini was presumed killed for honour. His missing girlfriend was suspected to have been killed too. Another presumed honour killing that set off the national media abuzz.

On Sunday, both of them gave policemen in Muzaffarnagar the shock of their lives simply by appearing in person.

After the initial shock, the police focused on keeping Saini and his girlfriend — who turned up too — out of media glare before finding an excuse and a fall guy.

But the couple told the media that after eloping on April 29, they stayed at various places and returned from Bijnore on Sunday only to prove that they were alive.

On Saturday, the gory story of Saini’s mutilated body dug up by stray dogs from a field in Muzaffarnagar, about 500 km north of state capital Lucknow, triggered a chain of revelations.

The police said Ajit (20), a BBA student, fell in love with a 19-year-old girl from the Jat community, Anshu Tomar.
As the girl’s family did not accept the relationship, the couple eloped.

They were headed to Pune, where Ajit was planning to join a new course. But they never reached Pune. Instead, Ajit was found with his throat slit and legs chopped off. The police also suspected that Anshu had also been killed and arrested her father, Narendra and brother Anuj.

Anuj confessed to the police that he had hacked Ajit and buried his body and poisoned his sister before throwing her body into the Hindon river.

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Marry right or die

(Source: HT- 9th May, 2010)

Scanned Image of the article in HT- 9th May, 2010

Last week, the khap panchayats of Haryana got a breather. The honour killing headline came from Jharkhand. So, they unveiled their secret weapon — Santosh Dahiya, a physical education teacher, who, for the first time in the history of the Sarvjatiya Sarvkhap Mahapanchayat, will put together a women’s wing as its president.

Progressives in Haryana at the forefront of demanding a ‘right to choice’ in marriage and regulation of these panchayats, say it’s an image-building exercise to push back the homegrown news — the death sentences of the murderers of Manoj and Babli of Karora village in Kaithal district who were killed for marrying sau-gotra (same clan).

Dahiya who takes the line of “anti-violence” says there is support — muttered and loud — from all shades of politicians for the inclusion of the sau-gotra clause in the Hindu MarriageAct. “If this had existed”, she says, “Manoj and Babli would have been declared brother and sister by law.” Her husband, Bijender, adds: “Do zindagi chale gaye, lekin logon ne seekha na… (Two lives were lost, but people learnt from it).”

The ‘learning,’ however, also points to premeditated power alliances. Between politicians, police and the bureaucracy to protect Jat-dominated caste and clan hierarchies in Haryana and control the young who challenge and unsettle it, each time they marry outside the approved combination. “Forget same clan, we can’t even marry outside it. Or, in the same village or villages that share our boundary wall. If we marry a Dalit or a Muslim, we are killed. If we are thrown out of the village, khaps snatch our land. So why are khap supporters trying to make it seem as if it’s just about the same-gotra issue?” asks Aman Saini, a student of Kurukshetra University.

Because it helps. Everybody.

The Indian National Lok Dal is trying to revive its political fortunes in Haryana around this issue — with the gram panchayat and municipal elections next month, and in Assembly polls four years later — to prove that it is more Jat than the others, even as the Chautala village to which its founding father Devi Lal belongs, allows same gotra marriage.

The Congress’s Chief Minister Bhupinder Hooda, will not upset the same Jat base so his stand on khap violence (“no one is allowed to take law in their own hands in Haryana”) hasn’t added up to much. Initiative by advocates such as Rajeev Godara to move his government to lodge “criminal cases against those who are party to khap meetings where decisions of social boycott of families and murder of couples are taken” have been met with silence. “And this in a state,” says Godara, “where 20 cases pertaining to runaway marriages are filed in a day”.

The hands-on hands-off attitude of political parties in khap affairs, Godara points out, shows why killings in the name of honour, continue. “Ram Pal Majra of the INLD attended a  panchayat near Kaithal. Bharat Singh Beniwal, an ex-MLA of the Congress was present at the Kurukshetra mahakhap,” says Godara. “Why does Rahul Gandhi go to Mirchpur where Dalits were attacked and say he hasn’t come to do politics? It is politics that can save. A politics based on identity and equal justice is right politics and it can also win elections.” Jagmati Sangwan, president, All India Democratic Women’s Association, Haryana, who has fought against all kinds of khap repression, also asks a moot question about the Jat Sabha.

This is a body, that, as its president Mahendra Singh Malik says, “provides intellectual support to khap panchayats”. “Malik is a former DGP”, says Jagmati. “On 14th April, at a panchayat he said those who violate our customs like Manoj and Babli would meet the same fate. We demand his pension be revoked. Can you imagine how the police conducted itself under him…”

Honour killing and harassment is not Haryana specific. It is taking place in Rajasthan, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh and Jharkhand. Even Delhi.

Ishwar (name changed) a Jat from Bahadurgarh, Haryana, was forcibly separated from the girl he wanted to marry. He is hiding in Delhi with police protection. Arti and Purushottam of Rajdoha village, Jharkhand, were chained in a room for a week for marrying into the same clan. Purushottam died in 2008. In 2009, Neelam was killed by her relatives in Rajasthan’s Dausa district and the maha panchayat protested the arrest of the killers.

Scanned Image of the article in HT- 9th May, 2010

“Honour killing happens to people like us”, says Reena Dahiya, a  student in Kurukshetra.  “Ashok Tanwar, a Dalit Congress leader, marries a Brahmin. The khap does not protest. No one makes it an issue. Chander Mohan, son of Bhajan Lal, is able to marry and divorce on whim. Why?” The answer is fairly simple. Because he can.

(Inputs: B Vijay Murty,  Malvika Nanda, Satvir Sarwari)

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