SATYAMEV JAYATE episode 5: Aamir Khan discusses honour killing

Aamir strikes an emotional chord once again, with a discussion on the grave issue of honour killings

We settle down to watch the fifth episode of Aamir Khan’s Satyamev Jayate, ably equipped with tissue papers et al. That Aamir leaves his viewers emotionally choked every weekend, is a given (though not many are keen to start their precious Sunday on a sombre note).

Anyway, we appreciate Mr Perfectionist’s ability to tackle a variety of issues grappling our society, our collective minds and our nation at large. But Satyamev Jayate has now started getting monotonous, and even boring. The makers of the show have been wise enough to keep the topic of discussion a fiercely guarded secret. For knowing the subject ahead of time could make the show even more predictable.

The fifth episode of Satyamev Jayate dealt with honour killings, and it was tactfully handled. Several honour killings have come to light in the past few years, and cases where parents have killed their son or daughter for marrying outside their religion or community, or marrying into the same gotra have been highlighted by the media. There were a couple of things we liked about this episode. Firstly, Aamir didn’t sit in judgement but appealed to the judicial system to do justice to the aggrieved parties. Secondly, he brought a Khap Panchayat on the show so that viewers could understand their side of the story. Khap Panchayats have been coming under the scanner of late, for ordering strict punishment like murder and banishing the married couple from the village without having actual judicial powers. It was brave of Aamir to confront this Panchayat, and tell them that they were a self-appointed group of non-elected people that makes decisions based on tradition, without having any constitutional powers.

On the lop side, it’s tiring to see the same format and treatment week after week. We don’t doubt Aamir’s noble intentions and his ability to make us think about the challenges we face. But it would be great to see him add some new elements to every episode. Also, the panning of cameras to the teary-eyed studio audience has become repetitive now. Let us know what you think about this episode.

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