BBC News: On the run for love in India

Most Indian families still prefer marriages arranged within their religion and caste. Marriages outside these rigid boundaries have often led to violent consequences, including “honour” killings. But some young Indians are still willing to defy their families and communities for love…

Click here to read BBC’s Divya Arya’s report

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:



2.00PM-3.40PM Solidarity Peace Walk
Point of Assembly: At the Gate of Raja Ram Mohun Roy Memorial Hall

3.50PM-4.00PM Welcome Address
Shabana Siddiqui, Dhanak

4.00PM-4.45PM Panel Discussion: Solidarity with Victims of Honour Crime
Moderator: Sumit Chauhan
Speakers: Yashpal Saxena, Lata Singh, Veena Malik

4.45PM-5.15PM Short Film Screening and Award Ceremony
Dr. Neeraj Malik (Retd. Faculty Member, DU)
Introduction: Danyal Sadiq

5.15PM-5.45PM Panel Discussion: Domestic Violence and the Right to Choose
Moderator: Nayana Chaudhury, Breakthrough
Speakers: Ms. Shipra Jha (Girls not Brides), Vijay Hiremath (Advocate & Visiting Faculty TISS), Kavita, Ravina

5.45PM-6.15PM Baat Kijiye Saath Dijiye: Role of parents and relevance of Dhanak Campaign
Moderator: Prof. Ghazala Jamil, JNU
Speakers: Richa Aniruddh, Tauqueer Ali Sadri (Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung), Sh. Mohd. Zama, Mrs. Madhu

6.15PM-7.00PM Recognition and Felicitation of Couples
Moderator: Akanksha Sharma
Special Address: Ms. Bushra Khanam (Sr. Anchor/Reporter/Producer at Zee Salaam)

7.10PM-7.50PM Musical Performance by Manzil Mystics

7.50PM onwards Dinner