As the release of his upcoming flick 'Talaash' nears, actor Aamir Khan is leaving no stone unturned to promote the film. But amidst all the promotion frenzy, what has got Aamir worried is a case of a suspected honour killing in Uttar Pradesh. The couple in question had appeared on Aamir khan's highly successful TV venture 'Satyamev Jayate’.
On June 3, 2012, Aamir hosted an episode ‘Intolerance to Love’ which questioned the brutality of Khap regulations and honour killings as a reprimand against marriage outside one's gotra or caste. 28-year-old Abdul Hakim and his wife Mahavish had participated in the show to speak against the menace of honour killing.
Hakim and his wife, residents of Meerut, had eloped to Delhi and married in November 2010, after facing stiff opposition from their parents against their marriage. The couple has an 18-month-old daughter and was expecting their second child. But on November 22, 5 months after the TV episode was aired, Abdul Hakim was shot dead in Bulandshahr. Media reports have also stated that Hakim had complained to the police an hour before his shootout in broad daylight.
Aamir has condemned the act as 'unfortunate and shameful'. He added that the couple had their reservations about coming on the show, but had eventually agreed to share their story.
Hakim's wife Mahavish has accused her family members were responsible for the murder, alleging similar threats in the past to the couple. The police however have not ruled out a family feud as motive. In an FIR filed by Hakim's brother, Mahavish's relatives have been named as suspects.
The show 'Satyamev Jayate' was critically appreciated for its research and representation of troubles faced by Indians. Aamir Khan has demanded that the culprits behind Hakim’s death are sternly dealt with. As promised by his show, the truth has Aamir's complete support.
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