Silencing the Voices Within

(2006) 4(4) Alt Theatre 18

4 Pages Posted: 2 Sep 2014

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Amar Khoday

University of Manitoba - Faculty of Law

Date Written: November 1, 2006


This article examines the shutting down of Behzti, a play written by Gurpreet Kaur Bhatti. The play was a social critique of the Anglo-Sikh community by one of its members. The shutting down of the play represented a "cultural honour killing" - that is a killing of a cultural production (through its silencing) on account of a perceived attack on the community's perceived honour. The ultimate victim of such "killings" is the right to freedom of expression itself.

Keywords: Behzti, religious minorities, dissent, right to expression, censorship, culture, cultural dissent, England, Gurpreet Kaur Bhatti, honour

Suggested Citation

Khoday, Amar, Silencing the Voices Within (November 1, 2006). (2006) 4(4) Alt Theatre 18, Available at SSRN:

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