As the shameful shadow of ‘honour killings’ continues to haunt the Capital, a movement is brewing among activists and the youth of Delhi — that calls upon people to stand up against the injustice.
While the All India Democratic Women Association has called on the government to introduce strict laws against honour killings, the Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) has introduced a 24 hour helpline for women who are threatened by their families for their choice of life partner.
“We are planning to start a all woman force that will go from door to door to raise awareness. We also have a helpline number where the women can call us if they feel threatened in anyway by their family members,” says Barkha Singh, chairperson of DCW.
The Delhi University Students Union, too, is planning to take up the cause once admission season ends. “Love is no less than honour! We will definitely take a stand against these crimes,” says Manoj Chowdhary, DUSU president.
On Facebook, there are 238 groups against honour killing. One such group, No honor in Honor Killings (India), was started earlier this year by Delhi University students. The community, which protests against the “people who kill their own kin for their false pride and honour”, has hundreds of members.
The debate rages even on Twitter. “why so many honour killings???u bring up ur kids,educate them.love them n when they fall in love..u kill them?,” says Dr Seema. “Why call them ‘honour’ killings —there’s no honour in them at all,” says Asuny.