BJP for consensus among political parties on Khaps
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Last Updated: Thursday, May 13, 2010, 20:26
Chandigarh: Amid the raging debate over the authority of Khap panchayats, BJP today chose to tread cautiously on the issue, favouring a consensus among political parties to deal with the self-styled caste councils.

"I think consensus among parties on how to deal with the issue would be better. It would be better if there is unanimity in dealing with such delicate issues," BJP chief Nitin Gadkari told reporters here.

His remarks came when asked about his party's stand on various Khaps demanding amendments in the Hindu Marriage Act to ban same sub-caste (gotra) marriages.

When reminded that some leaders including Congress MP Navin Jindal and INLD chief Om Prakash Chautala had already come out in support of the Khaps, he said in a healthy society it is better to have a consesus to tackle delicate issues like this.

The Khaps in Haryana have been hogging the headlines for their diktats on couples marrying within the same sub-castes.

The BJP chief said while parties can find ways to deal with the issue, those violating the law should be dealt as per law of the land.

He would be holding a meeting with party leaders from Punjab and Haryana and discuss the issue with them, Gadkari said.

The National Human Rights Commission today came down heavily on 'Khap panchayats' and warned them against taking the law in their hands in the name of tradition and said the issue of banning marriages in the same sub-caste was a subject of wider debate.


First Published: Thursday, May 13, 2010, 20:26

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