Puri for strict implementation of law against Khaps

Mumbai: Om Puri, who is looking forward to his yet-to-be released film `Khap`, dealing with the issue of honour killing, says he is against such practices and the need of the hour is early and strict implementation of the law against Khaps.

Directed by Ajai Sinha, `Khap` is based on Haryana`s `Khap` panchayats.

"It is sad that such practices are still followed. I don`t agree with the concept where people decide the fate of someone else`s life. There is no law existing in our country that allows people to kill someone. Even Supreme Court is against such act. The court has said that those people who kill couples who want to marry must be given death sentence," Puri told reporters.

"The court has made strict law (against Khaps) but politicians do not have the guts and the unanimity to implement it. The need of the hour is to implement the law. Everyone including police officers must ensure strict implementation of the law," he said.

Earlier `Sati` was practiced in our society but leader Raja Ram Mohan Roy voiced his opinion against it and a law came into force where this practice was stopped, he added.

The 60-year-old actor essays the role of a stern sarpanch (head of Panchayat) in `Khap`. Produced by Sangita Sinha and Siddhant Sinha of Ananda Film and Telecommunications, `Khap` also has actor Govind
Namdev, Manoj Pahwa, Anooradha Patel, Mohnish Bahl and Yuvika
Choudhary of `Om Shanti Om` fame.

The senior actor also feels there are other issues in our society that needs to be tackled.

"There are several other issues like unemployment, crime and corruption that must be highlighted. In villages people do not have electricity, water and proper roads. If we talk about Mumbai there is so much dirt on the street due to which diseases spread," Puri said.

"There is mosquito and rat breeding. The municipality is effective only in places where high class society people reside. Like in Malabar Hill area you will not find dirt area while Ghatkopar, Malad, Charkop you will see unclean environment," he said.

The film is set to releases on July 29.



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