Announcing our 2nd Annual SAHAS Short Film Competition!

We are gearing up for SAHAS 2019!

Urging all creative minds who wish to make a positive impact/create social awareness, to participate in our 2nd annual short film competition! Read carefully below for guidelines and details. Let us know if you have any questions.

Please share this with friends, colleges, and schools. We are happy to provide A3 hard copies on request.



Unreasonable expectations from our children only result in creating a divide in the relationship and generates emotional distress.
Keeping an open dialogue is essential in understanding their viewpoint . Don’t shut them out. Talk to them.

अपने बच्चों से अनुचित, अत्याधिक और अनावश्यक अपेक्षाएं अक्सर माँ-बाप और बच्चों के रिश्तों में दूरियां पैदा कर देतीं हैं, जो सभी के लिए दुखद और कष्टदायी होता है। 
यह ज़रूरी है की परिवार में सभी अपनी बात खुल कर, बिना किसी डर और झिझक के रख सकें। तभी एक दूसरे की भावनाओं, दृष्टिकोण, और विचारों को समझ पाएंगे और उनका सम्मान कर सकेंगे।


What is “Honour” Based Violence?

“Honour” based violence is an act on a person by his/her family members or by the community, due to the belief that the person brought shame or “dishonour” upon them.

Females are the most common victims of “honour” based violence. However, males can be victims, as well.

Some Types of “Honour” Based Violence:

Physical Abuse

Psychological Pressure

Forced Marriage

Forced Abortion


House Arrest

“Honour” Suicide

“Honour” Killing

Some Motives behind “Honour” Based Violence:

Falling in love with someone of your choice

Refusing to marry a person chosen by the family

Marrying someone of your choice

Loss of virginity outside of marriage

Pregnancy outside of marriage


A relationship outside of marriage


An Interactive Session with visiting German Journalists

The Media Ambassadors India – Germany, is a program funded by the Robert Bosch Foundation and is run in cooperation with the Center for Media Competence at the University of Tübingen.

As part of their fellowship program, German journalists visiting India had an interactive session with the DHANAK team.
The visitors were keen on understanding the delicate societal structure in India, and inter-religious marriages.
They were inquisitive about the different types of marriages, challenges of the Special Marriage Act, Inter-religious marriages, and the role of religion in marriages. They also shared the challenges of Inter-faith marriages in their country.

#InterfaithMarriage #IntercasteMarriage #MeriZindagiMeraFaisla #SpecialMarriageAct


Parents work hard to instill the values of equality, freedom and the importance of constitutional rights in their children, but when these children become adults and choose their partner, parents oppose and crush the very values once inculcated by them. This hypocrisy drives many into a #ForcedMarriage.

As part of our campaign, Dhanak wants to make parents aware that Forced Marriage is a violation of fundamental human rights. It is traumatic and ruins lives.

We at Dhanak, want to promote an environment where adult children are able to freely express their choices and parents are willing to have a discussion with them.




Dear friends,
Less than a week ago, we all heard about yet another horrific patriarchal crime take place, this time in Telangana. The father insisted his daughter to get an abortion and hired people to kill his son-in-law. Now, the daughter is a pregnant widow.

Such heinous crimes in our society continue primarily due to the deeply entrenched attitudes in regards to religion and caste, lack of police protection for the couple, and poor law enforcement. In almost all cases the perpetrator gets away with no repercussions.

Like we have mentioned before –
The strongest opposition to interfaith/inter-caste marriages comes from the parents.

Dhanak’s campaign “Baat Kijiye, Saath Dijiye” is to spread awareness among parents about their adult children’s rights –
Their #RightToChoose in the matters of marriage, or a relationship.