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Honor Killings and Ridiculous Society

This was the first time that I saw the episode of Satyamev Jayate. The subject was great - "Honor Killing". I really appreciate the team for bringing up the topic, which is deep rooted in our society. The worst part in our society is that the whole world (except the bride and groom) has an opinion about the marriage. The moment a marriage goes
beyond their own self imposed opinions, there is a revolt. People criticize, hit, kill or go to any extent.

Surprisingly, people can get obsessed with almost anything - Caste, religion, gotra, naadi, patrika, raashi, skin color, respect, money, .... you name it, and you will find it here ( not sure if this happens anywhere else ).

The problem is that our society has formed just too many norms( which they feel are right) and are hell bent to storm those who wont go with their silly opinions.

Infact, I feel there should be a law which is specifically focused on breaking these ridiculous norms ..! eg: support for inter-cast marriage, support for marriages where the patrika fails, inter religion, inter racial etc etc, the support can be monitory or anything else... eg: funds for marrying inter-cast/not matching patrika/not following an existing norm, that doesn't hold true by law/medicine.

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