Killed for love

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She was for­bid­den to see him, be­cause her par­ents thought he wasn’t good enough. They pre­sum­ably thought be­cause Me­hvish Hakim was only 14, it was sim­ply a case of puppy love that would fiz­zle out and die. But the teenager knew it was the real thing and sent love let­ters to Ab­dul, her neigh­bour, by leav­ing them un­der a loose brick in the wall. So far, so Romeo and Juliet. When they were older and con­fi­dent enough, the pair eloped. Me­hvish was 20 and thought her par­ents, from a vil­lage in Ma­ha­rash­tra, cen­tral In­dia, would come round once they saw how happy she was. In­stead they filed a kid­nap­ping case against her hus­band and asked the tra­di­tional vil­lage coun­cil to ban­ish his fam­ily from their homes.

The cou­ple were forced to seek help from the Love Com­man­dos, a char­ity that helps cases like theirs, and they ap­peared on Bol­ly­wood star Aamir Khan’s TV show Satyamev Jay­athe say­ing they were scared and feared for their lives. Five months later Ab­dul was shot dead af­ter go­ing to the phar­macy to buy headache pills for Me­hvish.

Read her story on page 32 and let me know what you think of her tragic tale and the rest of the is­sue.

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