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Honor Killing

Updated on February 25, 2018
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Harish Mamgain likes travelling , and is fond of the craft of writing. He loves poetry.


Honor Killing

You must have heard about " honor killing". This is a very

cruel aspect of some streaks of humanity ; people kill their

own children if they dare love or marry outside their caste,

tribe, or community. This is a horrible practice and who but

our own mind is behind it. Each self is unique, independent,

and glorious, and we have unnecessarily imposed our minds

upon one another. Let the " self" prevail and flourish ! This

poem is a tribute to the "self".

The Self must Prevail

Hair -- dark, white, or brown,

a touch makes one ecstatic,

the soft tresses end all stress,

we love entangled in their web.

Eyes -- dark, green, or brown,

kindness shines through them,

smiles make lovely crow's feet,

a frown sometime is welcome.

Bosom --pulsates out of love,

a sea of pity flows beneath,

like petals, it touches so soft,

fights all malice as solid rock.

Heart -- how it goes out and in !

we can ditch it, win it, or donate,

aware of mind, brings it on track,

sans love -- heart exists never.

Mind --the cause of whole world,

the best friend or worst enemy,

always agile,bent on to conquer,

man loves to lord it over beings.

Self --The master: feeling of being,

seeks only love, throwing all chains,

can penetrate into life and death,

who hinders it but the crafty mind !

Honor --No honor to quell one's own,

crush the demon of hate in the mind,

love the "self" and feel the heaven,

let the 'self" in all bloom into a lotus !

© Harish Mamgain



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    • Harishprasad profile imageAUTHOR

      Harish Mamgain 

      4 years ago from New Delhi , India

      Risa, I'm so glad that you liked this hub. Thanks for reading and presenting such lovely comments.

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      Marisa K. Rouse 

      4 years ago from North Carolina

      This was very interesting! I just started learning about Honor Killing. I watched a couple of docs on Youtube about it. You have a beautiful, powerful and inspiring message in here. Great job.

    • Harishprasad profile imageAUTHOR

      Harish Mamgain 

      4 years ago from New Delhi , India

      You know Kevin what it feels like heaven --- to embrace every atom of beings with love. Hate and killings take us to deep abyss. I'm glad that you visited this hub and read it. If we believe that above all beings and things is God, then above all emotions is Love.

      If we can't grasp Love, how can we feel God ? Thanks for appreciating, tweeting and sharing this hub. This is my humble effort to spread goodwill and love.

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      The Examiner-1 

      4 years ago

      I know that this happens Harish but I cannot believe it. You have pointed this out - made it visible to the world - in a way that changes it from hate to love and light. :-) Now to make it more visible I voted up, shared, pinned and Tweeted it.


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      Harish Mamgain 

      4 years ago from New Delhi , India

      I'm glad that you visited this hub. Anisha, though as human beings, we all are same, but each one of us has a wonderful and unique individuality that we nourish and explore throughout our life.

      This individuality or self is to be respected with all love and admiration. Thanks for appreciating this hub, voting up and for presenting such nice comments.

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      Spreading goodness is not such an easy task..It needs high mental strength.You do it here Harishprasad.. Thank you for a thought provoking hub ...voted up

    • Harishprasad profile imageAUTHOR

      Harish Mamgain 

      4 years ago from New Delhi , India

      So true are your words -- Love will conquer all. We must imbibe the true spirit of love and respect the unique individuality of each one of us. Thanks, Dianna for your visit, appreciating the poem, and putting up such nice comments.

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      Dianna Mendez 

      4 years ago

      Reflecting upon your mentally stimulating words on this subject. We must earn to accept each other -- love wil conquer all.

    • Harishprasad profile imageAUTHOR

      Harish Mamgain 

      4 years ago from New Delhi , India

      Faith, humanity has been evolving continuously. So many evils have been exterminated, but some are still alive and need to be scuttled.

      Nobody except the Absolute, has any right to interfere with life of any human being.

      Thanks for reading this hub, appreciating the sentiment and for your constant support. All good wishes to you and yours.

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      Faith Reaper 

      4 years ago from southern USA

      Dear Harishprasad, Your message is powerful and moving. I have read of the caste system and honor killings, and fail to understand where the honor comes into play! I cannot imagine killing anyone, especially one's own child ... very disturbing that such an act is accepted and practiced. Up ++++ and sharing everywhere. Blessings

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      Harish Mamgain 

      4 years ago from New Delhi , India

      I'm so glad that you visited this hub. Maria, you are such a sensitive and kind soul. You know, whatever the nature has bestowed upon us is so awesome and blissful , including this beautiful pulsating " life " in us. We, however, established our own parallel world that is ever in conflict with the natural world.

      Nature is perfect, Human is not. Nature gives us this life and takes it back ; we humans have no business to interfere with this system of nature.

      Thanks for appreciating this stuff and for presenting such lovely comments.

      Wishing you all happiness and peace.

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      Maria Jordan 

      4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      This is a message of universal conquers all.

      Your writing is powerful, insightful and most meaningful.

      Voting UP and UABI. Have a peaceful day. Hugs, Maria

    • Harishprasad profile imageAUTHOR

      Harish Mamgain 

      4 years ago from New Delhi , India

      Yes, Gypsy, each one of us expects love and affection in this world. We, however, sometime, manipulate one another in a brazen way and throttle "the feeling of being" so mercilessly. I 'm glad that a fantastic poet of love likes this poem. Thank you very much.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 

      4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      A most wonderful poem. We all have the same qualities and emotions if the world could understand each other better it would be a grand day.

    • Harishprasad profile imageAUTHOR

      Harish Mamgain 

      4 years ago from New Delhi , India

      Frank, your words " self sought honor... when honor should be already in place.... " grasp the real spirit of this poem so nicely. The greatest honor is to recognize the "life " vibrating in each guy, whether related or unrelated. Loved your insightful comments. Thanks for appreciating the hub and for your constant support.

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      Frank Atanacio 

      4 years ago from Shelton

      wow .. I'll use the word stilling.. and very clear is the message.. I never knew the self sought honor.. when honor should be already in place .. love some of the lines.. wonderfully written with conviction :)

    • Harishprasad profile imageAUTHOR

      Harish Mamgain 

      4 years ago from New Delhi , India

      Ruby, this is a very morbid face in some streaks of societies that raises it's head time and again. The modern world has no place for such an heinous approach, so we all must condemn it as a world community. Thanks, you came by, read this hub and offered such nice sentiments.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Oh this is so beautiful and compelling. I didn't know people killed their children if they marry outside their caste system, how very terrible. I love this line, ' Smiles make lovely crow's feet ' Thank you...

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      Harish Mamgain 

      4 years ago from New Delhi , India

      dilipchandra12, I'm happy that you gave importance to the message of this hub. You are right that there is a very rigid system. Such a system can be rectified only by taking recourse to very hard and iron hand, as was done with regard to sati system and thuggery. Any system immune to human values must be revamped and sensitized.

      Thanks for appreciating the poem and for presenting nice comments.

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      Dilip Chandra 

      4 years ago from India

      Very well said my friend. The differences must be removed. All should be treated equally but this perhaps can never be seen in the system that was filled with caste differentiation.

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      Harish Mamgain 

      4 years ago from New Delhi , India

      It is indeed a very deplorable phenomenon , wherever it may spread it's nasty wings. Annart, thanks again for your resolute support.

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      Ann Carr 

      4 years ago from SW England

      You are so right about that terrible practice and sadly it has permeated to such families in Britain too. You're welcome, it was a pleasure to read.

    • Harishprasad profile imageAUTHOR

      Harish Mamgain 

      4 years ago from New Delhi , India

      Here's to yours too, Ann. I'm so glad that you came by and read this hub. I'm amazed that who we call as 'my son, my daughter ' so lovingly, we put them to death just for the sake of our so called honor. Not only that, we have no trace of remorse for indulging in such an ghastly act !

      Such kinds of thoughts arose in me and I poured these out. Thanks for appreciating the poem and for putting up such nice comments.

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      Ann Carr 

      4 years ago from SW England

      You've entwined so much wisdom in your beautiful words; a poem such as this has so much more impact than prose. One of the best poems I've read in a long time. If we all lived by this, the world would be wonderful, wouldn't it?

      Here's to your 'self'!


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      Harish Mamgain 

      4 years ago from New Delhi , India

      ChitrangadaSharan, I think, God is the architect of life and He knows well when to pull string or loosen it. Man has no right to interfere into His workings.

      He has so graciously given all beings this precious gift of life,, so everybody has sole right to live it till He desires. Man usurps this right by way of being parents or relatives.Honor-killing is such a despicable phenomenon that as human beings , we all must condemn it.

      I'm glad that you appreciated it and deemed it as right. Thanks for

      presenting such nice comments and for supporting me.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      4 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Wonderful and touching!

      The evils of society are so many. It is our moral responsibility to point out and spread awareness by whatever means we can. You did a noble job here and did it effectively.

      Thanks for sharing another insightful and thought provoking poem!

    • Harishprasad profile imageAUTHOR

      Harish Mamgain 

      4 years ago from New Delhi , India

      Yes, brother manatita, you know love truly, in it's pure essence. Love ultimately conquers-- what a beautiful sentiment ! You know, brother, the one who loves and really loves, can give up her/his own life, but cannot ever think of taking life of others.

      Thanks for reading and commenting on this hub. Om Shanti !

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      4 years ago from london

      I see it touches you, brother Harishprasad,

      The sad things, indeed extreme ones that seem to make no sense. Like War, I suppose. We will continue our prayers, and others - like dark forces - will pursue their own selfish aims. Love ultimately conquers. Let us pray.

      Great Hub! Om Shanti!

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      Harish Mamgain 

      4 years ago from New Delhi , India

      Bill, I'm happy with your presence here. Thanks for appreciating this stuff and for putting up such nice comments.

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      Bill Holland 

      4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Great food for thought here, and your perceptions and observations are astute. Well done.

    • Harishprasad profile imageAUTHOR

      Harish Mamgain 

      4 years ago from New Delhi , India

      Suzette, you have rightly expressed anguish over this ignoble trait in human beings. I hold that if you love someone with all your heart, you cannot ever cause even a bit of harm to her/him.

      Such kinds of incidents impel us to think that love as a concept is not understood properly in some streaks of humanity.

      We must appreciate the " self " in all beings and not only humans. We should avoid treating human beings as materials/objects. Thanks for taking your time to read this poem, appreciating it and commenting so nicely.

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      Harish Mamgain 

      4 years ago from New Delhi , India

      Eric, I 'm glad you visited this hub. You write such fascinating things about love. I read a news about honor killing of a daughter at the cruel hands of her own blood relations. This news shattered me no end and made me think how people could go to that extent. If one cannot honor the life pulsating in one's own, what is the meaning of honor at all ?

      This sad news is a prompt that made me write these words about "self".Thanks for appreciating this poem and for offering such kind comments.

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      Suzette Walker 

      4 years ago from Taos, NM

      Beautiful poem and sentiments. I have been horrified by 'honor killings' and cannot even imagine killing one's own child. Your poem points out the love not the hate. Intolerance of others is disastrous. Thanks for sharing this beautiful poem and what inspired you to write it.

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      Eric Dierker 

      4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Harishprasad, This is very well done and will stick with me for some time. What horrors we can come up with in our mind. And to live some out in such egregious manner is just horrendous. Sending my best intentions your way! Thank you for a great poem.

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      Harish Mamgain 

      4 years ago from New Delhi , India

      Devika, I'm so pleased to see the first comment from you. Your words are so insightful. The world is not bereft of hatred, and some people behave so rudely. It rattles me to think how people kill their own sons and daughters on account of their divisive thoughts.

      We cannot change how other people act , but we can definitely stick to our sane way of living.

      Thanks for vote up and support and for putting up such thoughtful comments.

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      Devika Primić 

      4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Hi Harishprasad life is just that from all sides. Sometimes people, love, hate and fear others. I sometimes get hate from some people. I try ignore their bad thoughts. I see people from all ways and know when to step away. It all depends on ow one was raised. Your words are true and you found a unique way to deliver to us a perfect poem. Voted up!


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