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Satyamev Jayate episode 5: Love marriage is not a crime

New Delhi, June 4 (): The question raised by Aamir Khan in Satyamev Jayate’s episode 5 is when an individual gets the voting right at 18 and could choose his or her country’s Prime Minister, why don’t he or she have freedom of choosing their life partner?

In many Indian families, it is difficult for children to open up with their parents that they have fallen in love. Some get acceptance from their family members after or before the marriage, while others decide to run off and settle down in a different city. There are many unlucky couples who lose their lives for their love, the so-called love crime.

‘Satyamev Jayate – episode 5’, which was telecast on 3rd June, 2012 was on the subject of honour killings in India. The guests of the show were the couples who married against their families, families who on honour killing lost their loved ones and those who help out such couples.

Nowadays, such cases form a regular feature in media. Fehmida and Lokendra from Jhansi, UP has been under pressure for the past 2 years to save them from Fehmida’s family. In spite of having protection order from the court of Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh, police did not help them.

Rizwan Rahman, 27, from Kolkata married Priyanka, a Hindu girl. He was seen dead near a railway track. Police claimed he committed suicide, but his family could not accept this. Still, there is no clue regarding Priyanka’s whereabouts.

Manoj and Babli belonged to same ‘gotra’ and were from a small village in Haryana. Both were murdered after their marriage. Manoj’s sister and mother are fighting for justice in spite of being many times threatened to withdraw complaint.

Dr Alka Jain and Dr Uday Patkar married against their parents. Alka’s parents fearing rejection from the society did not accept her for years. Later they realized their daughter is living a happy life and accepted her.

Next to real events, the most interesting part in the show was Aamir’s short interaction with the members of Khap Panchayat, a religious caste-based council. They have no police power or judicial powers. The members claimed they never produce order to murder any couple. However, their views over inter-caste marriage was shocking. They said Manoj and Babli did not deserve to be murdered, but they said according to moral standards, their marriage was wrong.

Sanjay Sachdev who is the Chairman of Love Commandos from New Delhi helps such couples by providing them protection, food, shelter and legal help. ‘Love shall conquer the world’ is the motto of Sanjay Sachdev.

‘Satyamev Jayate- episode 5’ raised a relevant and an emotional topic.

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