India’s Forbidden Love

BBC Sounds – The Documentary

How inter-faith and inter-caste marriages are leading to bitter divisions in India

At a time when religious extremism and honour killings have been dominating the political and social discourse, we take a look at the issues surrounding marriages between inter-faith and inter-caste couples ahead of India’s parliamentary elections. Divya Arya, the BBC’s Women’s Affairs journalist in India, tells the story of couples who have fled their homes and communities in fear of their lives in the name of love. One of the most-asked questions in any Indian election is about the candidate’s caste. Political analysts ask it, poll strategists ask it, and the voters ask it. Caste-related issues, frivolous to outsiders, are fiercely debated in TV shows and newspaper articles during an election season. But what does it mean for ordinary voters and their families, and what do they hope for from their politicians?

Listen in to this BBC audio production with Dhanak member couples and co-founder, Mr. Asif Iqbal: https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/w3csz3wv

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.

SAHAS_SHORT_FILM_2019

BAAT KIJIYE SAATH DIJIYE

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.

#BaatKijiyeSaathDijiye

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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।

#बातकीजियेसाथदीजिये 

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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

Abduction

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

Homosexuality

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