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Can we let love prevail...?/ Let the lovers be...

February is the month of love for all but the recent “honour killing” of a Delhi-based photographer Ankit Saxena by the family members of a woman with whom he was in a relationship has left the city youths in shock.

lucknow Updated: Feb 10, 2018 14:31 IST
S Farah Rizvi
S Farah Rizvi
Hindustan Times, Lucknow
Love,Relationship,Honour killing

February is the month of love for all but the recent “honour killing” of a Delhi-based photographer Ankit Saexna by the family members of a woman with whom he was in a relationship has left the city youths in shock.

Ankit’s murder on a busy Delhi street has raised a question –when will we rise above hate and prove that love is stronger than any hate mongering on the basis of caste, creed or religion?

We asked this question to a few youngsters in and around the city who said they all want love and peace to prevail. Many say enough of killings have been done in the name of honour. They want that the principle of live and let live should be followed in our country which has become a boiling pot of hate crimes.

Divyanshu, TV producer

“It is unfortunate and sad to see that our society still has such a regressive mindset where a person is killed in the name of religious honour and what not. Where has humanity and love gone? What is even more unfortunate is the way political parties are trying to gain mileage out of it.”

--Divyanshu, TV producer

Sana, Enterpreneur

“I met a woman from California recently. She had a hard time struggling to understand that a man could be killed because he was in love with a woman from another religion. She asked me so many questions that I was left embarrassed and ashamed of the reality. Getting married or not or to whom to get married should be a decision of an individual.”

--Sana, Enterpreneur

“This is a reminder of violent extremism and the pathetic standards prevalent in the society. Who needs enemies on the border when we are more than capable of committing murders on the streets? Let’s not take these incidents as one off. We need to ask ourselves – Are we living in a civilised society or not?”

--Priyesh, budding journalist

“A murder is a murder and must be punished as such. More so, if it is of an innocent person who is fighting for love. All of us should condemn this act unequivocally. Even the Quran says: “Anyone who kills an innocent human being, it is as if he has killed the entire humanity...”

--Shubham, student

Sherril, student

“These incidents are weakening the foundation of Indian society. Our Constitution gave us liberty to follow our faith and beliefs. We all should learn to respect the feeling of love and humanity. Spreading hatred in the name of honour is appalling. Please let love prevail....”

--Sherril, student

Tiya, student

“In a city like Delhi – the national capital – a love story is put to an end with a cold-blooded murder. What are we turning into as a society? Where love stories were once written, hate crimes are reported today. If the youth stay united, no one can divide us in the name of religion.”

--Tiya, student

First Published: Feb 10, 2018 14:25 IST