India’s Love Commandos: Saviours from honour killings – 101 East

In India, falling in love with the wrong person can be deadly.

Every day, sons and daughters are beaten – some even killed – by their own families for rejecting the caste system and falling in love across strict social boundaries.

But in Delhi, a group of men calling themselves the Love Commandos are risking their own lives to save young people from vicious honour killings and forced marriages.

In this episode, 101 East meets the men desperate to help love find a way in a country where following your heart can bring not only dishonour but also death.

They work in one of the most dangerous and conservative areas of Pakistan.
“Where I come from, women are not usually allowed to get an education,” says Khalida Niaz, who went on a hunger strike to convince her father to let her finish school.
Now, she is a radio newsreader for the Tribal News Network, which broadcasts across Pakistan’s troubled border region with Afghanistan.
Reporting the news here can be deadly – threats by armed groups have shut down most media outlets. But Khalida and her colleagues know there are some stories that only women can tell.
101 East meets the team making women’s voices heard in Pakistan’s tribal region.

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