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Aamir Khan speaks up for murdered khap critic

S Raju, Hindustan Times  Meerut, November 26, 2012
First Published: 18:50 IST(26/11/2012) | Last Updated: 16:58 IST(27/11/2012)

Superstar Aamir Khan visited Meerut on Monday to appeal to the police to ensure the security of the widow and daughter of murdered labourer Abdul Hakim, 29, who spoke about the terror unleashed on lovers by khap panchayats in western UP on his show Satyamev Jayate earlier this year.

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Hakim was allegedly shot dead by five men in broad daylight in Adoli village in Bulandshahr district on November 22 as he was about to visit a clinic to get medicines for his pregnant wife, Mehawish, 25.

Mehawish has claimed that some villagers have threatened to kill her and her 16-month-old daughter as well.

"I was told that Abdul's village is in the Meerut region and I wanted to go there but can't go right now due to my pre-scheduled programmes," Aamir told HT.

But he said he could visit the village in the near future.

Describing the murder as an emotional shock, the actor said, "I have raised the issue at every possible forum and will continue my efforts to bring justice and relief to the aggrieved family."

File photo of Abdul Hakim and his family. HT photo


Denouncing 'honour' killings, Aamir felt the country has effective laws to deal with such cases but what is required is "a change in the attitude of people and society, without which we can't check and control such cases".

A spokesperson for the Star network of channels on which Satyamev Jayate is shown, said, "We strongly condemn the killing of Mr Abdul Hakim, who was interviewed as part of documentation for the show Satyamev Jayate, specifically for the episode Intolerance to Love. We offer our deepest condolences and sympathies to Mr Hakim's kin and appeal to the investigating agencies to quickly bring the perpetrators of this heinous crime to book and serve justice to the family."


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