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Trailer Izzatnagari Ki Asabhya Betiyaan

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Newsclick Production, Jan. 4, 2011

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Izzatnagari Ki Asabhya Betiyaan... (The Immoral Daughters in the Land of Honour...) A documentary film on the resistance against "honour" crimes and Khap Panchayats.
 
 Duration: 93 minutes (English Subtitled)
 
"Those who threaten our traditional code" , says Jai Singh Ahlawat, the Head of the Ahlawat Khap. "... are the educated youngsters, the Dalit officers, who want everything to be equal... and of course, our "asabhya betiyan", immoral daughters who imagine equality like animals and want our age-old customs to die out..."
 
 
Voices like Jai Singh Ahlwats's belong to the patriarchal and casteist pillars of a feudal society -- the Khaps; those who oppose "self-choice" marriages and deny young people the right to love.
 
 
In Izzatnagari ki Asabhya Betiyaan, we have the stories of five young Jat women who dared to resist. These women take on take on the powerful Khaps and in the process confront "honour" crimes, injustice and social boycotts.
 
 
There's Seema of Haryana, whose brother Manoj and his wife Babli were killed for marrying in the same gotra. Seema and her mother are fighting for justice in the courts against the killers, though they are pitted against khap panchayats across the region and the political establishment. There's Mukesh of Rohtak, who almost became a victim of an "honour" killing herself; how she fought back and and created a new life for herself. Geetika, a student of Delhi University, directs a street play on "honour" crimes. She approaches the play keeping in mind her own need to question the belief systems she was heir to. Monica, is a Jat girl, who married Gaurav Saini, from Delhi. Monica, a Jat girl, who married Gaurav Saini, a boy from another caste. Gaurav tells us about Monica's struggle to lead an independent life and the subsequent problems their marriage faced since they belonged to different castes. Anjali sees education as a way to break out of the arranged marriage and domestic life her family wants for her. Her M.Phil thesis, on honour crimes, is her answer to the voice of tradition.
 
 
These multi-narratives of women are intercut with that of the Khaps. Through these stories, Asabhaya Betiyaan exposes the fissures, hypocrisy and violence in a supposedly modern and
democratic India.
 
 
Crew-
Director- Nakul Singh Sawhney
Camera- Deval Samanta
Sound- Vinit D'Souza
Editor- Neetu Singh

Dashing hopes, Emboldening khaps - The High Court verdict on the Manoj Babli case

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Newsclick Production, March 18, 2011

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A Newsclick feature after the exoneration of key accused, Ganga Raj in the Manoj-Babli "honour killing" case by the Haryana High Court. The feature attempts to look at all the major incidents after Manoj-Babli's killing upto the High Court verdict.

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