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Thursday, September 8, 2011

Khap(SarvKhap Panchayats)-Honor Killing: Honor Killing: Judge awards death penalty to five ...

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Honor Killing: Judge awards death penalty to five members of family in honor killing case

New Delhi, Sep 08, Thursday: A Delhi court has sentenced five people to death in a 2008 honor killing case. Five members of a family have been awarded death sentence by a court in a case of honor killing in which the bride's brother-in-law was murdered by her brothers and close relatives in the national capital. The 'Shia' girl had married the brother of the victim, who belonged to 'Sunni' sect, against the wishes of her family. Additional Sessions Judge Bimla Kumari awarded the death sentence to Mohammad Saleem, Shaheen Abbas, Shahid Wasim, Shaheen Zargam Ali and Sabbir Kasim, holding them guilty of murder and also imposed a fine of Rs 20,000 on each.
"The case of the prosecution falls under the category of honor killing and since honor killing comes in the category of rarest of rare cases... I have no option but to award the death sentence to all the convicts," the court said while pronouncing the order on Thursday.
"In the present case, the prosecution has successfully proved the motive behind the murder of deceased Tariq, which was the love marriage between the girl and Sadiq. Thus, the case of prosecution falls under the category of honor killing. 
"Since honor killing comes in the category of rarest of rare cases as held by the Supreme Court, I have no option but to award the death sentence to all accused in respect of the offence under section 302 (murder) read with section 34 (common intention) of the IPC," the judge said. 
The convicts killed Tariq in Chandni Chowk in central Delhi July 7, 2008 after his brother Sadiq married his lover Rubina, who was from a different ommunity.
Barring Kasim, the court also held the convicts guilty under the Arms Act and fined them Rs.5,000.
According to the prosecution, Rubina, who belonged to the Shia community, had a love marriage with Sadiq, from the Sunni community, against the wishes of her family. This resulted in enmity between their families.When the girl’s family came to know about the lovers whereabouts, they separated them and forcibly took Sadiq to Chandni Chowk. Sadiq’s brothers Tariq and Tayyab also followed them.
At Chandni Chowk, where other convicts were also present, the two families tried to resolve the matter but on their way back home, the convicts opened fire on Tariq and others.Tariq died on way to hospital while Tayyab suffered injuries, the prosecution said.

Friday, August 26, 2011

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Another Honor Killing ends Love Story - Couple Murdered a case of Honor Killing

HYDERABAD, ANDRA PRADESH, INDIA: 26 August 2011, In yet another case of honor killing, a young couple in love was allegedly murdered by the girl's family in Anantapur district in Andra Pradesh. This incident came to light when their bodies were found near the railway tracks in Nakkanadoddi village in Guntakal mandal on Thursday morning. 
For misleading the police, the accused allegedly dumped the bodies of Mr. Gopal, 21, and Ms. Mangamma, 18, close to the railway tracks to show it as a suicide. The couple, who had been in love for the past two years, were tortured and later hit with boulders by the accused, including Mangamma's father Linganna, leading to their instantaneous death in the late hours of Tuesday. 
The victims hailed from Bollanagadda village in Bommanahal mandal of Anantapur district.Gopal was son of ex-sarpanch Chintala Ramanjaneyulu of Bollanagadda. When both the families learnt about the couple's relationship some time ago, Linganna confined her daughter to the house and warned her of dire consequences if she did not stop seeing Gopal. 
In August, the couple planned to run away and get married as they got worried and realised that their elders would never approve of their marriage, the young couple ran away from their homes on August 21 and took shelter in a relative's house in Chayapuram village in Vajrakorur mandal.But bad luck would have it, an auto driver from Bollanagadda saw them and immediately informed Linganna who rushed to Chayapuram with his relatives - Govindu, Vannuru Swamy, Nagaraju, Parameshwarappa and Venkatesh.They convinced Gopal and Mangamma to come out and took them out on Tuesday evening with a promise to perform their marriage. The unsuspecting couple followed them. 
On their way back, the accused tied the couple at Nakkandadoddi, tortured them and later hit them with boulders. To keep their crime a secret, they flung the bodies near the railway tracks and fled the scene. 
Some farmers found the bodies late on Wednesday evening and informed the railway police of Gutti mandal. Police recovered the bodies on Thursday morning and shifted them to hospital for an autopsy. A case has been registered based on a complaint by Gopal's father. A manhunt has been launched for the killers. 
The couple ran away from their homes and took shelter in a relative's house on Aug. 21. When the accused found them on Tuesday, they promised to perform their wedding, but tortured and killed them on the way to home.

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Friday, August 12, 2011

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Justice like Khap Panchayat - Lady banished from Village after failing to Hot Oil Test conducted by Village Heads

Warangal,Andra Pradesh,India: Often News comes that Khap Panchayat is giving orders like Taliban’s way. But it’s not true. In India there are many places where Khap Panchayat does not exist but Village Heads giving orders harder than Khap Panchayt.This type of case occurs in Warangal where  a woman in was shunned by village elders over a land dispute. But before sending her away, they put her through the ordeal of lifting an iron pipe soaked in burning oil to prove her innocence.
The shocking incident took place in Pangidipally village of Chityala mandal in Andra Pradesh, India. CI Sudhakar said on Friday that no case has been filed since no written complaint has been filed till now. "Neighbors or villagers are not willing to give the complaint. What can we do? We are searching for the village heads to conduct counseling so that incidents of this nature do not recur," he said. 
After Sammakka received serious burn injuries on her right hand, the village heads banished her by sending her away to Manchiryala, her mother's place. 
Going into the details, it all started when P Sammakka picked up a fight with her neighbor Sammaiah over the extent of their farm land in the village. Sammaiah later approached the village elders charging Samakka that she had plotted to kill his wife. He also told them that she had threatened him of dire consequences. 
The village heads called both the families of Sammakka and Sammaiah and took Rs 24,000 deposit from Sammakka. They told Sammakka that she would be let off if she passed the hot oil test by dipping her hand. They contended that if she did not commit any wrong, her hand wouldn't get burnt or else. This was a case like when Lord Rama says Mata Seeta to walk on fire to prove his innocence.
Sammakka came forward to remove the iron pipe from the boiling oil when fingers on her right hand suffered grievous injuries. The elders passed the verdict, saying that she has made a mistake. They humiliated her and then they banished Sammakka and sent her mother’s place.

Friday, August 5, 2011

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Thursday, August 4, 2011

Mother of 'honor killing' victim against ban on khap Movie

CHANDIGARH,HARYANA: Due to the opposition of  khap panchayats the movie 'Khap – a story of honour killing', which was not released in Haryana's khapland, 55-year-old lady Chanderpati, whose son Manoj was a victim of honour killing after being killed in 2007 for having dared to marry a girl from the same gotra, was all for watching it. The Manoj-Babli honour killing case was the honour killing of Indian newly-weds Manoj Banwala and Babli in June 2007 and the successive court case which historically convicted defendants for an honor killing.
Chanderpati, mother of Victim Manoj told that How could anybody guess what is in the movie without even watching it,” Otherwise too, reality cannot be suppressed, she said, adding that any society can usher in change only after accepting the reality. However, Chanderpati and others from Karoran Village in Kaithal District, Haryana are very  disappointment after all cinema hall owner in Haryana dropped the idea of screening of Khap Film amid the Warning issued by Khap Panchayats.

Youth abducted and murdered - Honor Killing in Rambainagar,Uttar Pradesh

KANPUR, UTTAR PRADSESH: A youth Mahendra Kureel was allegedly abducted and murdered by the brothers of his lover for the sake of "honor" in Shivli area of Rambainagar district. 
According to the police, the badly mangled body of Mahendra Kureel, a resident of Niralanagar ward in Shivli, who was missing since late Sunday night, recovered from a well on Shivli-Rasoolabad road on Wednesday. 
According to a senior police official, the accused as per the FIR lodged by Murdered youth wife Uma have been identified as Rajkumar and Sanjay, who managed to flee after the incident and several police teams are working to detain him. 
SP, Ramabainagar, Mr. Subhash Dubey told that it’s a case of an honor killing and a hunt is on for the culprits involved in the incident.
According to another police official close to investigation, the murderers had tied the hands and legs of Mahendra before strangulating him to death. 
"Rajkumar and Sanjay had developed enmity with their neighbor Mahendra kureel as he had run off with their sister Uma about a year ago and later married her in Court. However, about ten days ago Mahendra along with Uma returned his Shivli home and started staying there. 
It seems Rajkumar and Sanjay's pride was hurt and they decided of wiping out Mahendra Kureel. 
Police said, "Some unidentified men had ambuscaded Mahendra on Sunday July 31 night and forcibly abducted him at gun-point." 
Police investigation has also revealed that Rajkumar and Sanjay often threatened Mahendra with fearful consequences. 
"During Investigation many people in the village told us that Uma's brother’s pride was hurt when she ran off with Mahendra and they often talked of revenging it. The accused had in fact threatened Mahendra and his family members several times before," said the official. 
The body of Victim Mahendra Kureel has been sent for the postmortem to mortuary, the official told.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Unelected Councils in India Run Villages With Stern Hand - Khap Panchayats (

Members of an unelected village council of male elders gathered for a meeting recently in Sisana, India.

SISANA, India There are two laws in this dusty village less than 50 miles from India’s capital: the law of the land and the law of the village. And for local residents like Takdir Dahiya, the law of the village councils known as khap panchayats is the only one that matters. 
Surender Dahiya, a member of the Sisana group, rejected charges that the councils are illegal bodies or that they order honor killings to settle disputes.

The Sisana council aids poor families and offers mediation.

“We do not know what the law is,” he said on a recent boiling afternoon. “We only know what is decided by the khap panchayat. Here it is not the Supreme Court that decides. It is the khap panchayat that decides.”
For generations, these unelected councils of male elders have dominated life in many villages, mostly across northern India, exerting social control through edicts that govern everything from marriage to property disputes. But the councils are coming under growing national scrutiny as their extrajudicial rulings — especially those blamed for the spread of so-called honor killings — are challenging the concept of the national rule of law.
In recent months, an assertive Supreme Court has issued opinions condemning the councils as illegal bodies, and the controversy is expected to spill into this summer’s “monsoon” session of Parliament. Legal advocates are pushing for a comprehensive law establishing criminal penalties to deter the khaps from issuing their edicts.

Meanwhile, khap leaders are unrepentant and pushing their own agenda in Parliament by demanding alterations to make Indian marriage laws reflect their conservative traditions.
“They are mobilizing for protests,” said Ranjana Kumari, a women’s rights advocate. “And they are capable of organizing a very huge protest.”
The legal battle is another example of the growing pains in Indian society as the rippling influences of modernity collide with ancient beliefs and practices. Khap panchayats often seem to be trying to stop the advance of the modern world: some khaps have ordered bans on women wearing tight clothing and have even tried to ban the use of mobile phones by people in college or younger, since the devices are tools that couples can use for furtive contact.
Khap leaders contend that their councils create social cohesion and order, while providing speedier justice, in the absence of effective local government. They justify their strict edicts on marriage as being rooted in religious belief and say that their practices have prevented inbreeding and other health issues — claims disputed by their critics as wrongheaded and outdated because village populations are far larger today.
Here in the state of Haryana, khap panchayats dominate many villages and exert heavy influence on the political system. Much of Haryana is populated by Jats, a north Indian caste divided into subgroups known as gotras.
Traditionally, villages are run by a particular gotra with its own khap panchayat, which adjudicates local disputes and upholds marriage customs, including the belief that men and women within the same gotra, and the same village, are considered brothers and sisters and are prohibited from marrying.
It is the khaps’ unyielding position on marriage, which they say derives from ancient Hindu texts, that has thrust them into the heart of a national controversy. Critics blame their edicts for directly or indirectly provoking honor killings of couples who marry within the same gotra or village. In other cases, social pressure has driven young women to commit suicide.
Khap panchayats often order residents of a village to boycott, whether socially or economically, families whose children defy the marriage custom. In some cases, khaps have even ordered that couples be killed, though more often the social pressure they create is the issue; many times, a killing is actually carried out by family members seeking to escape social shame and ostracism within their village.
At a time when a younger generation of women is becoming more independent, many critics believe that the khaps are desperate to maintain traditional controls over women and property, which is intertwined with marriage.
“It’s all about social control and control of the girl,” said Kirti Singh, a lawyer who argues cases before the Supreme Court.
In Sisana, a farming village northwest of New Delhi, the local khap panchayat meets periodically on an open concrete platform in the village to consider various disputes. “It is a very sanctified place,” said Surender Dahiya, 47, a member of the khap. “It is assumed no one will tell lies there.”
Mr. Dahiya and others in Sisana denied that the khap was an illegal entity, or that it ordered honor killings. He said the khap financed schools and gave cash to poor families. As for their edicts, the khaps, he said, issue fines or call for social boycotts, and also act as arbiters on local crimes.
“If criminal incidents take place, a court will take years and years,” he said. “The khap will sit together and very quickly make a ruling.”
When a violent clash occurred between two families in Sisana, leaving seven people dead in a cross-fire, the khap decided which family was guilty and barred from marrying or working in the area. “Once the khap came to a conclusion, both parties accepted it,” Mr. Dahiya said.
Critics of the councils say local police officers and politicians sometimes work in tandem with the khaps. In some cases, the police have tracked down couples who had eloped, arresting the men on charges of kidnapping and returning the women to their families.
“Local and state-level politicians have been noticeably reluctant to condemn the khap panchayats, since they represent a large and powerful vote bank,” said Rani D. Mullen, an assistant professor at the College of William & Mary and the author of a forthcoming book on village-level democracy in India. “This has created a political environment that essentially condones the khap panchayats, with local politicians and police turning a blind eye. The courts are often left as the only public defenders of the law.”
Since April, the Supreme Court has issued two lacerating rulings about honor killings and has described khap panchayats as products of a “feudal mentality.” “These acts take the law into their own hands and amount to kangaroo courts, which are wholly illegal,” the court wrote on April 19.
Khap leaders placed the blame for honor killings not on their methods of exerting social pressure but on the 1955 Hindu Marriage Act, the national law that contains no prohibition on marriage within gotras. When Parliament meets in July, khap leaders are planning to demand that the law be amended to bar such marriages, an uphill struggle politically.
“The court tells them they are right,” Ishwar Singh, 64, who lives in a village near Sisana, said of the intra-gotra marriages. “The court protects them. We are angry with that. If you are brother and sister, how can you marry?”
Ms. Singh, the Supreme Court lawyer, has drafted legislation that would categorize the khaps’ extrajudicial edicts, including those demanding social boycotts, as crimes of harassment, with punishments of up to 10 years in prison. The bill is expected to be considered by the Parliament in July. “We want to reiterate the right of people in India to enter into a marriage of their choice,” she said.
Many people here in Sisana say the local councils, which have operated for centuries, will outlive legal and parliamentary challenges to their existence.
“We keep a very close eye on our society,” Surender Dahiya, the khap member, said. “Social pressure does not have any legal sanctity. But it is a very powerful tool.”

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Sunday, July 31, 2011

Hindu cousins can get married after converting to Christianity: Delhi High Court

The Delhi High Court has said that cousins born in Hindu community can get married each other after converting to Christianity. Delhi High Court gave this order after dismissing a plea of a retired judge against his magistrate son who married his maternal uncle's daughter after conversion.
"Respondents (couple) have rightly converted as per the Section 3 of the Indian Christian Marriage Act. Therefore, after conversion into Christianity the marriage does not fall under the 'sapinda' relationship (which is prohibited under the Hindu Marriage Act)," said Justice Suresh Kait while upholding the marriage.
Pulling up the father for filing case against his son, the high court recently said, "This type of thinking is spoiling the broad thinking of new generation and at times it leads to honor-killing.”
"If the courts start supporting this type of issues, they would amount to support the “khap Panchayat” dictat. The courts are not meant to gratify the feelings of personal revenge or vindictiveness or to serve the ends of a private party."
The court imposed a cost of Rs 10,000 on O P Gogne for filing "frivolous case" against his son who is a sitting magistrate in a city court.
"The petitioner (O P Gogne) being a retired judicial officer should have been more careful while involving in such type of frivolous case. Thus, he has unnecessarily wasted the time of the courts," Kait said and asked him to deposit the money Rs 10000 with the Advocates Welfare Fund, Bar Council of Delhi.
The court said the magistrate (O P Gogne’s son) has not committed any offence, being a government servant. 
O P Gogne has filed a case challenging the sessions court's April 20 order rejecting his plea against his son alleging that he being a government servant had procured a certificate for marriage by giving false declaration.
The so Gogne’s son had converted to Christianity along with his would-be bride and got married at St Thomas Baptist church, Civil Lines, Delhi in November 2009.
The father O P Gogne went to a magisterial court, seeking his son's prosecution for marrying his first cousin by misusing the provisions of Indian Christian Marriage Act, 1872. But the magisterial court dismissed his plea, and then he moved to the sessions court which has given the same decision.
At the sessions court, the father argued that mere conversion to Christianity only few days before the marriage did not ensure his son as an Indian Christian under the Indian Christian Marriage Act, 1872.
Responding to Gogne’s arguments, the court had said that it is not the logical interpretation of the expression 'Indian Christian'.

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Haryana theatres refuses Khap movie screening - Khap Movie

Fearing attacks by the Khap sympathizers, the theater owners across Haryana on Friday preferred not to show the much awaited controversial movie 'Khap-A story of honour killing' which apparently denigrates the social institution, held in reverence by large section of the society in the State.
State residents wishing to catch this week’s Bollywood release 'Khap-A story of honour killing' are in for disappointment. No multiplex in Haryana is screening the film after widespread protests by the All India Jat Mahasabha on the controversial subject.
“The cinema owners in Haryana are terrorized to screen the film because of the overt aggressiveness of Khap leaders. Those who were interested to show the movie in their theaters were also forced by the powerful Khap leaders and local police to cancel the scheduled shows,” said the film’s Haryana distributor Manohar Lal. Lal said that at a few places the screening of the movie was stopped by the police saying that the screening could spark violence in the area. 
Haryana Director General of Police (ADGP) Law and Order, BS Sandhu denied any kind of interference by the police during the screening of the film.
“In fact, we are ready to provide any kind of security during the screening of the film. Police personnel were deployed to the cinemas to avoid any untoward incident but the cinema owners themselves decided not to screen the movie,” claimed Sandhu.
The official further stated that the Haryana police was fully committed to maintain law and order in the State and nobody would be allowed to take law in his hand.
Khap and Jat leaders have already opposed the movie for destroying images of khap panchayats. Mr. Om Prakash Mann, state president of All India Jat Mahasabha, told Hindustan Times from Bhiwani that they would not allow the movie to be screened anywhere in Haryana.
“Khap panchayats have never favored or supported honor killings. But the movie is a calculative move to make money by maligning the age-old institution,” Mann said.
Khap movie starred by Om Puri, directed by Ajai Sinha, was released across the country on Friday. However, none of the cinema halls or multiplexes screened the movie in Haryana, except Anand cinema hall in Sonipat. It, too, withdrew the movie's screening after a single show following an advisory from the district police. Posters of the film were also removed from the hall, which wore a deserted look.   
Anant Verma, head operations, DT Cinemas, however, said, “We are not screening the film in South Delhi and Gurgaon halls as we do not have a slot. Other English and Hindi films are doing good business.” 

Friday, July 29, 2011

An Indian Origin Women Killed by Husband in Canada

Vancouver,Canada: July 28,2011 An Indian origin woman working at a Punjabi-English newspaper Sach the Awaaz in Surrey on the outskirts of Vancouver was stabbed to death allegedly by her husband Thursday.
Twenty-four-old Ravinder Bhangu, who had married her alleged assailant in 2009, worked at the weekly English/Punjabi Sach Di Awaaz, where she was attacked.
The police, who arrested the 26-year-old assailant, said the attack was related to marital problems between the couple.” The accused and the victim had been married since 2009,” police said.” Investigators are conducting interviews with witnesses and will be investigating the areas to speak with any additional witnesses.”
The victim came to Canada three years ago. Friends of the victim were quoted as saying that she had moved in with her aunt two or three months ago because of marital problems. Surrey is home to the largest concentration of the Indian community in Canada.
On Friday’s cover of the English/Punjabi Sach Di Awaaz was a somber statement on the 24-year-old’s death.
“It is with utmost sadness we regret to report the following,” the statement started. “One of our colleagues was attacked and fatally injured on July 28, 2011.”
Ravindra Bhangu, a Surrey resident, died Thursday morning after her husband allegedly attacked her at work, stabbing her repeatedly. The 26-year-old husband, Manmeet Singh, appeared briefly before Judge Jim Jardine in court this morning dressed in a white hooded jumpsuit. Singh, known to friends as Sunny, is charged with first-degree murder in the savage attack on his 24-year-old wife Bhangu, as well as aggravated assault and assault with a weapon.
The lesser charges are related to injuries suffered by a man who tried to save Bhangu, Crown prosecutor John Labossiere explained.” I can’t really comment much more at this time because the matter is before the court,” he said.
Ravindra Bhangu and Manmeet Singh were married in 2009.
On Friday afternoon, publisher Mickey Gill said he is in disbelief over Bhangu’s death.
He said she was “extremely well liked,” and was hired for her fluency in writing and speaking both English and Punjabi. She worked at the paper three days a week, typing, translating and fielding calls. Gill said after the employees gave their statements to police on Thursday, all felt compelled to finish the week’s edition in her honor.
According to a leading Hindi newspaper  this case can be put under the category of Honor Killing.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Khap Movie Review

Released on 
July 29, 2011 - Friday
Banner / Distributor
Ananda Film & Telecommunications Pvt. Ltd
Music Label
SAGA Music
Om Puri
Govind Namdeo
Manoj Pahwa
Uvika Chaudhary
Mohnish Behl
Anuradha Patel
Alok Nath

Ajai Sinha
Sangita Sinha, Siddhant Sinha
Yogesh, Nida Fazli, Kumaar, Panchhi Jalonvi
Music Director
Annujj Kappoo
Lokesh Bhalla
Pony Verma, Habiba Rehman
Action Director
Baboo Khanna
Sanjay Sankla
Sound Designer
Rajendra Hegde

Khap Movie Review:

'Khap' Movie appears like a blunt instrument cutting through flesh and ironically refers to Khap Panchayats or village bodies that brutally skin young couples who marry within their own clan, village. Although, the Supreme Court of India has banned Khaps from exercising medieval methods to simulate the phrase, 'till death do us apart', no court has proof-read the script of the film, 'Khap', so here we go again.
Luckily, movies made on grave topics are usually done with a lighter parallel screenplay to balance the mood. Unluckily, 'Khap' Movie takes the parallel story so far, it leaves the core issue like an abandoned baby outside a deserted church. So amidst the barbaric chopping, tractor mowing and sword stabbing of couples marrying within their 'Gotra' (clan) in a quaint village called Sajod, lies a dietetically-sugary urban love story.
Welcome to Delhi, where 'sweet16'  Ria (Uvika Choudhary who was seen in Om Shanti Om) giggles in front of her laptop when she's pinged by Kush (Sarrtaj Gill). Under the guise of being a Canadian babe and an Australian mate, the two exchange some tacky messages and odd pictures of each other (a close-up of Ria's pouting lips and a widescreen of Kush's eyes with his shades hanging by the tip of his nose). Clutching on to these quirky photos, the duo indulge in a tedious song to find each other. Being from the same college and not across continents comes in handy and this hunt ends soon. To celebrate their union, we break into another song, which traces their relationship with signboards like 'Love has begun', 'Love in mid-air' and 'Love in danger'. Ok, back to some chop-chop in Sajod. Another couple forgot to spot 5 differences between their 'Gotras' before saying, 'I do'. Chop! Slash! Splat! Enough? Ok, go back to downtown Delhi!
Now, the city and village sequences can't be parallel forever, so Ria's dad, Madhur (Mohnish Bahl) happens to be the son of Khap President of Sajod, Omkar Chaudhary (Om Puri), aka Commander Slash? Disturbed by his father's atrocious ways, Madhur had forsaken Sajod life decades ago to move to Delhi. But what Madhur couldn't give up (and something that we all have to united endure) are his charred and wormlike expressions (possibly produced by placing a transparent box of fart over his face?).
Anyway, to connect the dots, Riya and friends also happen to visit Sajod for a picnic/ field trip/ Khap darshan etc and discover the dark order of the place. Later, Madhur, who is also a human rights officer, is sent to investigate a possible case of honor killings in Sajod. And with all roads heading to Sajod, it's hardly imaginative to guess where this headless chicken is headed. Following a series of 'Papa, I'm not coming home', we have some dishonorable and some accidental killings. Ria and Kush also get intricately mixed up in this severely melodramatic story that results to naught.
Critical character actors that define this story with their unnecessary presence are as follows:
·        Alok Nath plays a random bloated person lecturing college kids in a library about the demerits of marrying one's siblings. He hammers his opinion by screaming across the library, to a point that you want his unfriendly appearance to end or offer him hammer-killing.
·        Kaka or Omkar's household help, who's eternally playing with dough to fix his special 'mooli ka paratha', much-loved by Madhur. Go figure that’s not making it for dinner.
·        Mad village idiot, whose bizarre antics are deliciously scary. He may not have his way with words but like a pug that attracts attention to the scene of crime, he manages to convey an important happening towards the end of the film.
·        Manoj Pahwa and Govind Namdev playing Omkar's loyal aides Sukhiram and Daulat Singh sufficiently sneer, grunt and display numerous flashes of fury.

Honor Killing: Pakistani Man kills his “Six Daughters” for Honor

Islamabad: In a shocking incident, a Pakistani man, Arif Mubashir, has gunned down his six daughters on suspicion that two of them were in relationships with boys in the neighborhood.
On Tuesday morning, Arif Mubashir called his teenage daughters to his room and shot them while the rest of the family, including their mother, watched. His wife Musarrat called the police after the incident.
Mubashir shot the girls after their brother said two of them were in a relationship with neighborhood. He told police officials that he had killed his daughters because they were both “without honor”. The man said his daughters Sameena, 14, and Razia, 16, were in a relationship with college boys from the neighborhood and the sisters had helped each other.
"I should have been immediately told, but the girls sided with each other. They were both corrupt" Mubashir told Tandlianwala Police Inspector Javed Sial.
Police officials have taken Mubashir into custody and filed a case against him. “He does not regret what he did. He boasted that he would do it all over again if he had to” Sial told reporters.”
Pakistan has repeatedly been termed as one of the least women-friendly country.

Om Puri wants to be act like Anna Hazare- Khap Movie

There are many belief systems across the globe, but not all of them are good. The Khap panchayat in Indian villages follows one such custom, which has been killing young couples in the name of honor for years now.

Actor Om Puri and producer-director Ajai Sinha (Ananda Film & Tele Communication Pvt. Ltd.), who feel strongly about this issue, have come together to voice their thoughts through their movie Khap. "Someone has to take the first step to end this. I am not waiting for somebody to wake up one day and that is why I have stood up against it," says Actor Om Puri.

Ajai, who's the director of the film, says the primary motivation behind making this movie was not just success or monetary gain. "It's for awareness among the youth. I have made this movie to make our country wake up and notice that while we might just fuss over everyday life, there are still customs like Khap in villages that don't let people live their lives their way." The film has got no political support because the topic is sensitive and no politician wants to be associated with it. "It doesn't matter if anyone supports us or not," says Om. "We know that we have made the right movie. If Anna Hazare can stand alone, fight against corruption and make the nation realise the importance of it, I am sure we can do the same here. Even if we get support or not, the fight against the Khap panchayats from our side is on!" he signs off.
The movie releases tomorrow with a hope that it's the first step towards eradicating this inhuman custom.

Om Puri as Chautala – Khap Movie

Om Puri's character in the movie "Khap" bears a striking resemblance to Haryana's political heavyweight Om Prakash Chautala.

While the director Ajai Sinha insists otherwise, the get-up of Om Puri's character seems to be adding political angle to the film. Though Puri has clarified that he's portraying just a khap head, sources say that the movie deals with many aspects of Haryanavi life, including the politicking.
Ajai Sinha said, "It's just coincidence. My movie doesn't intend to hint at any politician." Sources say Puri's green turban and its tying style is exactly the same as Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) head Om Prakash Chautala. And that's not all – Puri's name in the film is Omkar Singh Chaudhary.

Monday, July 25, 2011

UP khap bans jeans for girls

MUZAFFARNAGAR (Uttar Pradesh): A khap panchayat (caste council) banned girls from wearing jeans. Village elders blamed the attire for provoking eve-teasing and encouraging young couples to elope.
The khap panchayat led by Battisa Khap Council head Baba Suraj in Bhenswal village passed the diktat which claimed that wearing jeans had a "bad effect" on young women and eve-teasing incidents had increased due to their objectionable clothes".
The panchayat also formed a five-member committee of women to implement the ban in the village. Earlier, caste councils or kangaroo courts, which have been accused of supporting "honor killings", had banned the use of mobile phones by unmarried girls in the district. They used the same argument, saying the phones encouraged women to step out of the home.
all khap panchayats from Shoram village in Muzaffarnagar had assembled to oppose same gotra (sub-caste) marriages and demanded the government amend the Hindu Marriage Act to enforce a ban.
The government is drafting a legislation dealing specifically with killings ordered by khap panchayats.

I am against honor killing: Om Puri

Veteran actor Om Puri, who is looking forward to his upcoming film 'Khap', that deals with the issue of honour killing, says cinema has become a business and he is not happy with the kind of roles he has been offered.
"Cinema has become business has become more greedy and money-minded. I am not happy about it. I don't believe in the cinema that only entertains. I believe entertainment is important but at the same time it is also important that we raise social issues. We need to talk about or show issues through the medium cinema," Puri told.
'Khap', directed by Ajai Sinha, who is known for TV shows like 'Hasratein', 'Astitva' and 'Ghar Ek Sapna', is a story about much-talked about Khap Panchayat and the issue of honour killing.
"There are several other issues like unemployment, crime and corruption that need to be highlighted. In villages people do not have electricity, water and proper roads. If we talk about Mumbai, there is so much dirt on the street, due to which, diseases spread. There is mosquito and rat breeding."
"The municipality is effective only in places where high class society people reside. Like in Malabar Hill area you will not find dirt while in Ghatkopar, Malad, Charkop areas you will see unclean environment," Puri said.
The veteran actor is also not satisfied with the roles that comes his way.
"Ageing is there not only in films. You age...and you retire. I am not happy with the roles I am getting...I think I deserve better," he said.
For the past few years, Puri has largely been associated with several madcap comedies such as Hera Pheri (2000), Malamaal Weekly (2006), Singh Is Kinng (2008) and Mere Baap Pehle Aap (2008) and Teen Thay Bhai (2011).
Presently, the 60-year-old actor is looking forward to his role as a stern sarpanch (head of Panchayat) in 'Khap'.
"I heard about the issue through newspapers. I am against this. I believe any person does not have the right to kill anyone. There is no law existing in our country that allows anyone to kill someone. The need of the hour is to implement the law," Puri said.
"You make people aware about the issue and you expect people to raise their voice against it and hope the government to change the make effective laws. The movie will evoke some kind of debate in the society," he said.
Puri will be seen in Karan Johar's remake of the Amitabh Bachchan-starrer 'Agneepath' with Hrithik Roshan in the lead and in the sequel of Shah Rukh Khan starrer 'Don'.
Produced by Sangita Sinha and Siddhant Sinha of Ananda Film and Telecommunications, 'Khap' also has actor Govind Namdev, Manoj Pahwa, Anooradha Patel, Mohnish Bahl and Yuvika Choudhary of 'Om Shanti Om' fame. The film releases on July 29

Khap leaders oppose film on honor killing - Khap Movie

The movie 'Khap - a story of honor killing, based on Haryana's notorious caste panchayats, has invited wrath of the village bodies. 

The khap leaders have demanded a ban on the movie in the region and have informed the Haryana government. The movie is slated for release on July 29 in Haryana. 

Prominent khaps, including Meham Chaubisi Panchayat, Dahiya khap, Bhanwala khap, Dhankar khap and even women's wing of Sarv Khap Panchayat have threatened not to allow screening of the movie in theatres, claiming the promos of the movie indicated that it portrays them in negative light. 

"We have been struggling to make the media and authorities understand us. Khaps bind the society by conserving traditions, but are open to changes. We never order any honour killing. Portrayal of khap members as blood thirsty fanatics is entirely wrong", said septuagenarian pradhan of Meham Chaubisi Panchayat, Randhir Singh.
He also demanded intervention of the government. "The filmmaker is out to cash in on the issue. For him, it's a commercial venture. The promos of the movie indicate that it has shown the khap panchayats as perpetrators of honour killings, which is untrue". 

Santosh Dahiya, pradhan of women's wing of the Sarv Khap Panchayat, which has been advocating participation of women in decision-making in panchayats, said the movie aimed at tarnishing the image of khap panchayats. "I have talked with senior khap leaders and lawyers and am planning to serve a legal notice on the film director. The film is an attack on our culture and we will oppose it," she said. 

Another khap leader, Baljit Singh Malik of Gathwala khap, which is said to be progressive, also objected to the movie. "These people don't understand the pain of the society. Their sole aim is to make money and this film too has been made aiming at commercial success." 

Director of the movie, Ajay Sinha, however, said the film was just a reflection of the incidents occurred in the recent past. "The film is not against khap panchayats. We have also highlighted their positive side. It's about the conflict between generations leading to bloodshed and the film is a comment on this violent phenomenon".