Khap panchayats set up panel to protect marriage tradition

Last Updated: Saturday, April 10, 2010 - 22:36

Jind: Khap Panchayats, which face flak from
all quarters for denouncing marriages among same clan couples,
have decided to set up a committee here to protect marriage
traditions.

Representatives of 20 Khap Panchayats, who held a meeting
at Uchana town in the district yesterday, decided to set up
`Sarv Jatiya Samaj Suraksha Manch` to protect tradition of
marriages.

These panchayats are known for opposing same Gotra
marriages and awarding death sentences to those who break the
rule.

In the meeting, it was also decided to oppose politicos
who try to break old tradition of marriages.

Besides, the meeting decided to raise funds for seven
persons sentenced to death for killing a couple on the diktats
of a self-styled community panchayat for marrying against
societal norms.

The seven were sentenced to death last month by a court
in Karnal.

The panchayat also demanded that Hindu marriage Act be
amended to prevent marriages in the same Gotra.

Khap leaders said that a Maha Khap Panchayat will be held
at Kurukshetra on April 13 to solve Khap related issues.

PTI



First Published: Saturday, April 10, 2010 - 22:36

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