If you thought 'honour' killings were a recent phenomenon, visit the Ram Lila performance at Indraprastha Extension in East Delhi for an eyeopening revelation. The act can be traced back to the times of the Ramayana when Ravan killed sister Surpanakha's husband.
To show how 'honour killings' can bring problems for families, organisers have pulled out the lesser-known incident from the Ramayana.
Surpanakha had married a lieutenant from Ravan's army without her family's consent. Irked, Ravan killed her husband the next day, prompting her to vow that she would ensure the end of Ravan's dynasty.
Pramod Agrawal of Ram Lila Committee Indraprastha Extension says, "Surpanakha then invites the ire of Laxman, Lord Rama's brother, during their exile and prompts Ravan to fight the two brothers. What follows then is known to all."
There are a total 1,012 small and big Ram Lila organisers across the city who are organising Ram Lilas starting Friday till Dussehara.
From the Ramayana to the Commonwealth Games, is the theme adopted by Luv Kush Ram Lila organisers. Huge cutouts of Gold Medal winners at the Games will be installed at the Luv Kush Ram Lila premises in front of the Red Fort.
A major Ram Lila from Chandni Chowk area is Shree Dharmik Leela Committee, which has come up with a three-tier stage to highlight various incidents apart from the electronic music system.
The other major Ram Lilas will be near Pitampura (Outside Netaji Subhash Place Metro Station), Ashok Vihar and Janakpuri.