How Much Protection Does a Rakhi Buy on Raksha Bandhan?

A Rakhi reminder- “honour” is lesser than the brother-sister bond. A “protective” brother should become a murderer. 

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As sisters tie Rakhis in exchange for a vow to be protected by their brothers, let’s take a moment to remember those who cannot do the “honours” this year.

Dear brothers, please do not do this to your sisters on this Raksha Bandhan.


Phool Jehan

Phool Jehan was beheaded by two of her brothers in broaddaylight, on a street not too far away from their home in Shajahanabad, UttarPradesh on 17 August.

A Rakhi reminder- “honour” is lesser than the brother-sister bond. A “protective” brother should become a murderer. 
Phool Jehan’s mortal remains.
(Photo: Mail Today)

Gul Hassan and Nanhe Mian then paraded Phool’s severedhead around the village and left her body lying on the road. Her crime was tofall in love with a cousin, who in a complete mockery of justice was arrestedby the police. Eleven days after the brutal murder, the two accused are stillat large.


Nilofer Bibi

In a similar case in Kolkata, a 29-year-old garment trader Mehtab Alam decapitated his sister Nilofer Bibi, who had eloped and was living with a rickshaw puller.

Mehtab dragged his sister out of her husband’s house, and decapitated her with a sword. He then took the severed head to the police station, where he surrendered.

A Rakhi reminder- “honour” is lesser than the brother-sister bond. A “protective” brother should become a murderer. 
Screenshot from the video showing Mehtab Alam on his way to the police station. (Photo:

This December 2012 incident is believed to be the first incident of “honour killing” in Kolkata.


Neerja Kumari

Six members of 19-year-old Neerja Kumari’s family were involved in her murder. One of her two brothers used a sharp-edged knife to slit her throat, while the rest of them held her down. Her body was found in an open field in the Sujaganj police station area of Jaunpur. Her crime? She refused to end her affair, even after her family had fixed her marriage with someone else.


Radha Meena

In Rajasthan’s class conscious Dholpur, Radha Meena dared to elope with a boy from the barber community. The Rajasthan Police, in fact, helped the family get the girl back, but she was murdered with the consent of the family.



The 18-year old’s throat was slit by her brother Amit, after he discovered the Class XI student was having an affair with their neighbour. Bharti was dragged into the house when she returned home one day, and her throat was slit in front of their parents. The brother, then started a manhunt for the neighbour and attacked his family in the process. He expressed no regret for his actions, as his sister’s affair, according to him, had “defamed the honour of the family”.

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