Chandigarh: The Punjab and Haryana High
Court has directed Haryana government to pay a compensation of
Rs 6 lakh to the mother of a youth who was killed on the
diktat of khap panchayat (illegal village court) for marrying
a girl belonging to the same `gotra` (lineage).
Manoj, 23, of Kaithal and his newly-wed wife Babli, 19,
were killed in Kaithal district in 2007 allegedly on the
diktat of Khap or caste council as they belonged to the same
gotra or sub-caste. The two got married against the wishes of
the girl`s family on April 7, 2007.
Justice Ritu Bahri of the High Court yesterday directed
the government to pay a compensation of Rs six lakh to Manoj`s
On the plea of Manoj?s mother, the High Court ruled
she be paid Rs 3 lakh each as comenpensation for the death of
her son Manoj and Babli.
The court has held that Haryana government failed to
provide security to the newly-wed couple despite the court
Justice Bahri said that on June 12 2007, a session?s
court in Kaithal had ordered protection to Manoj and Babli and
three days later they even appeared in a court for recording
their statements. However, the police personnel left them
unattended at Pipli and they were killed.
In the order, the Judge pointed out that it has been
observed by the Additional Sessions Judge, Karnal, that the
police personnel had left the couple unattended and never
informed their superiors.
"It is a matter of record that the Superintendent of
Police, Kaithal, had in its order dated April 29, 2008, come
to a conclusion that head constable Jeyinder was constantly in
touch with the accused and was responsible for leaking the
information regarding Manoj and Babli. He has since been
removed from service."
The couple was killed on June 15, 2007, after the police
team accompanying them left them at Pipli. On June 23, the
bodies of Manoj and Babli were recovered from Barwala Link
Justice Bahri rejected the argument of the counsel for
Haryana government that the case of the petitioner shall be
considered by the state government as per the scheme which is
being framed by the state for creation of funds for
preparation of Victim Compensation Scheme by adding a new
Section 357-A in the Criminal Procedure Code as and when the
scheme is finalized.
Regarding the quantum of compensation, Justice Bahri
relied upon a recent precedent where a compensation of Rs 3
lakh was paid by the state to a boy, who was attacked by a mob
and was provided security by police.
The proceedings for claiming compensation were
filed by Manoj`s mother in August, 2007, according to the
counsel of the petitioner.
A sessions court in Karnal had in March last year
awarded death sentence to five relatives of victim Babli`s
family but later the High Court here had commuted the
capital punishment of four to life imprisonment.