Hello friends,

Today is one of India's most important festivals -- Diwali!! It is a symbolic festival of spiritual victory.

Two years, two teenage girls were killed ONLY because they went to some boys homes to celebrate diwali. They ate sweets, lit crackers, -- the way people celebrate festivals. When they came home they were killed by their communities. How dare they go to the boys house unescorted? The so called "honor killings."

India has such killings (the use honor as excuse every other day).

Justice was never done for these girls in India.

One of our biggest problems is that we join in a conspiracy of silence when we get defensive or refuse to speak up! So for diwali The 50 Million Missing Campaign is urging everyone Indians and others to join in breaking this conspiracy of silence and defensiveness -- and to tell this story.

Tell this story -- and say "there is no excuse. We will not tolerate this any more." Remember these two girls on Diwali. And give Diwali its true meaning. Diwali is not self-indulgence. It is not sweets. It is not crackers. It is your own personal spiritual victory.

Here is there story of the girls http://genderbytes.wordpress.com/2010/11/03/should-you-get-killed-for-ce...

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Here is one video we made recently about people's opinion towards Khap panchayats in Haryana. Personally, it seems to me that the women in the video are scared to express what they really think:

http://www.waveindia.org/videopl.php?vid=233

www.waveindia.org www.womenaloud.blogspot.com

I'm glad you can use this video. If you would like a copy of a DVD of WAVE videos, I would be more than happy to mail one to you.

And if you are in India, I would be honoured to speak with you sometime about our work in the field of community media for women in India.

Sapna.

www.waveindia.org www.womenaloud.blogspot.com