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“Tauji…” she sobbed.

“Sarpanchji…please” he groveled.

The old man shot him a disgusted look and turned towards his lover, the girl.

She was his favourite child.

“Let them go from the village” he nodded at his men.

Times have changed.

They don’t kill people just like that anymore – They… do it secretly.

This  55 fiction format story is written by Mani Padma.

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Honour killings – where men and women are killed by their kin or members of their caste for defying traditions are rampant in western parts of Uttar Pradesh, Punjab and Haryana.

The violence is committed in the name of saving the honour of the community, caste or family. However, there is no data of such killings as their records are not kept separately.

The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) estimates that the annual worldwide total of honor-killing victims may be as high as 5,000. It could be more too since most cases are unreported.

0 27 May, 2010 55 Fiction May 27, 2010

About the author

She is a Doctor by profession , working in Delhi. Loves traveling, mind games and playing with words… And also the chief-co brewer of GingerChai. She is the chief brewer of some of the interesting categories you see in GingerChai. Follow @manishalsam

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    1. Mani

      @ Anney – Shocking na? but it happens. Raja did an article on it too few days back.
      @ Chatterbox- i know how you feel

  1. Tavish Chadha(Sensible Bakwas)

    Didn expect such an issue to be so easily put across in a F55… but u did and did a great job… i have read about honor killings in even the cities… specially UP… so its really a rural thing… but it’s sick nevertheless…

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