I watched a documentary on Honor Killing. It is sad to see this kind of practice still exist in this modern world.
Human Rights Watch defines “honor killings” as follows:
Honor killings are acts of vengeance, usually death, committed by male family members against female family members, who are held to have brought dishonor upon the family. A woman can be targeted by (individuals within) her family for a variety of reasons, including: refusing to enter into an arranged marriage, being the victim of a sexual assault, seeking a divorce—even from an abusive husband—or (allegedly) committing adultery. The mere perception that a woman has behaved in a way that “dishonors” her family is sufficient to trigger an attack on her life.
The latest news on Honor Killings was on September 2013, whereby a young couple who were planning to marry were brutally murdered in a village, state of Haryana due to having a love affair. The woman was beaten to death and the man, was dismembered alive. People in the village and neighboring villages approved of the killings
The documentary further revealed a story of a another couple, going great means and lengths to avoid the woman’s father from hunting them down and causes them harm. When questioned why the guy choose to great lengths to protect her, and he answered “because she believes in me, and I love her”
And this struck my mind, we are fortunate to live in other parts of the world, with different upbringing and cultural values. Most importantly we have the right to live and love. But most of the time, we are taking it for granted. The most humorous thing is , I have seen people dated for a few days and claimed that they love each other and found each other.
Are we taking love too lightly? Do we profess “love” too easily? Do we actually understand the meaning behind it?