Published on: 12/09/2011
“In the Name of Honour,” is a 28 minutes documentary revealing the phenomenon of honour killings that are taking place with alarming regularity in India today. The victims of this tradition are young couples who dare to break the community norms of love and marriage. Such kinds of discriminations work against the interests of many young Indians, in particular, their right to exercise freedom of choice. Such atrocities and violence are committed in the name of saving the “honour” of the community, caste or family. The documentary looks at why parents are ready to kill their own children, and specially the role of the self-styled lawmakers, called “khap or Caste Panchayats”, that pronounce penalties for the youths who dare to enter in a relationship outside their caste/creed/religious and economic circle. These regional and caste Panchayats are so harsh and unquestionable that they even give death penalty straight away irrespective of the circumstances and ignoring Indian law.