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Reena’s Exploration Challenge #Week 43- Honour Killing

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Honour Killing

Women carry tradition more fiercely than men,

They cling to it like anything, to please men or their clan, whatever.

Make it a purpose of their life to carry it over the generation to generation.

Well, it’s my opinion. Though things are changing, some villages still carry on with old traditions, at any cost.

After her husband died, she had raised her son with so much difficulty and he paid for her love like this, by marrying a girl from other religion?

Had her son told her beforehand that he was going to marry a girl from other religion, she could have been able to deter him, knowing how strict their clan was. There already were some cases of honor killing.

But, no, he had to come with her after marrying her in some other place.

After her husband died, she had raised him with so much difficulty and he paid for her love like this.

Calmly she had welcomed him, decorated his room, two glasses with milk and that was that. 

She herself dug their grave and buried them.

Now her son can’t leave her, lying calmly in her backyard. No one asked her anything. No police case or inquiry.

The whole village knew but they kept mum.

Wasn’t it for the honour of their society. 

Was it jealousy or love for tradition?  

Marrying a girl from their own religion had been a different thing. 

Then she could have a hold on her DIL, she was afraid of the girl from another religion, she may try to snatch her son with her love.

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  1. There is a deep, underlying pathos in the story. It is not about men or women, but unhealthy perspectives. Fear drove the woman to kill her own children, not a love of tradition. It reminds me of the scenes in ‘Zubaida’, where the protagonist kills her terrorist brother to protect him from the police. And ‘Vaastav’, where the protagonist’s mother kills him to protect him from his own guilt and impending destruction. The mother in this story does it for a weaker cause. It is all about ‘let me kill you before others do.

    Excellent sketch of her turmoil, and how she views the situation! She feels let down and weak, unable to stand up to the circumstantial challenge. The character and the social scenario comes through clearly, with the conspiratorial silence after the deed is done.

    Thanks a million for joining in!

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  2. Powerful and so sad. We wonder what has happened to the world these days, forgetting the ‘Good Old Days’ weren’t always so good. It is sad to think a mother could be driven to kill her own son because of an outdated belief.

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    • Not only mother, father and brother also do that in the name of honor of their tradition. Sad, indeed. Thanks for reading and commenting, dear.

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  3. So dark and tragic, Indira. What an intense story and so deeply sad. There are no victors in this tale.

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    • No dear, sad indeed. This still, really happens in some communities. Father and brothers kill their daughters and sisters if they marry outside their community. Property and land will go , perhaps this is the real reason. Thanks for reading and commenting.

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  4. I know those beliefs and traditions still exist. They don’t extend to honor killings, but even here two religions often marry causing such conflict. I think so many of our youth don’t care about that anymore. Truth be told, I don’t either, other than the difficulties with families.
    OF course, my non-religion, spiritual, causes trouble on its own.. So be it. I am not giving in to that for any person.
    Scott

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  6. The motivations to kill to protect family and tradition must be overwhelming to bring about such action. To me the placing of family expectations above the needs and desires of the family member seems strange to me, but I do know it goes on. I would think the family might grow stronger knowing each member within it is happy in their life choices. I could also be naive. I think this piece Indira generates a lot of discussion.

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