MUMBAI: Superstar Aamir Khan is mortified after the honour killings that took place in Meerut.
The actor visited Meerut on Monday to ensure police security was given to the widow and daughter of murdered laborer Abdul Hakim, 29.
Abdul had spoken about the terror unleashed on lovers by khap panchayats in western UP on Aamir’s show, Satyamev Jayate, and was allegedly shot dead by five men in broad daylight in Adoli village in Bulandshahr.
The actor was shell-shocked at the atrocity in the name of honour, and strongly condemned the killings. He said, “I was told that Abdul’s village is in the Meerut region and I wanted to go there but can’t go right now due to my pre-scheduled programmes. I have raised the issue at every possible forum and will continue my efforts to bring justice and relief to the aggrieved family.”
Denouncing ‘honour killings’, Aamir said that India does have effective laws to deal with such cases, but the need of the hour is “a change in the attitude of people and society, without which we can’t check and control such cases.”
A spokesperson for the Star network of channels (which airs ‘Satyamev Jayate), said, “We strongly condemn the killing of Mr. Abdul Hakim, who was interviewed as part of documentation for the show Satyamev Jayate, specifically for the episode Intolerance to Love. We offer our deepest condolences and sympathies to Mr. Hakim’s kin and appeal to the investigating agencies to quickly bring the perpetrators of this heinous crime to book and serve justice to the family.”