Chandigarh: Rajya Sabha MP and former
Haryana Finance Minister Birender Singh on Saturday blamed the
families of couples for honour killings which have rocked the
state, saying there was no "evidence" to attribute the menace
to khap panchayats.
"In these killings, either families of both sides (boy
and girl) or one of them are involved. Khap panchayats only
decide certain marriages as null and void. There is no such
evidence to which we can attribute honour killings to khap
panchayats," he said.
The Congress leader also stated that it would take
some time before the confrontation between old beliefs and
changing social values get sorted out.
"We have confrontation between old beliefs and
changing social scenario as the society is in a transition
phase. It may take some time to get things settled down,"
Singh told reporters here today.
He asserted that Haryana`s society was not a "closed"
one as it was being perceived by certain quarters in view of
the spate of honour killings in the state.
Singh, however, said that same `gotra` marriages were
completely banned in some families.
Asked about khap panchayats` demand to bring amendment
in the Hindu Marriage Act, Singh opined that there was already
a provision in the Act which banned same gotra marriage.
"I met members of khap panchayat and asked them to
select a few lawyers to study the law (Hindu Marriage Act),"