Chautala for ban on same gotra marriages

Undeterred by criticism over his support to Khap panchayats demanding a ban on same gotra marriages, INLD chief Om Prakash Chautala said his party favours an amendment in the Hindu Marriage Act to stop intra-gotra weddings.

Updated: May 14, 2010, 20:59 PM IST

Hisar: Undeterred by criticism over his
support to Khap panchayats demanding a ban on same gotra
marriages, INLD chief Om Prakash Chautala today said his party
favours an amendment in the Hindu Marriage Act to stop
intra-gotra weddings.

"My party is in favour of an amendment to the Hindu
Marriage Act for incorporating a clause into it banning
intra-gotra marriages," the former Haryana Chief Minister told
reporters here.

He also praised Congress MP Naveen Jindal for endorsing
the idea of an amendment in the Hindu Marriage Act to pave the
way for a ban on such marriages.

However, the INLD leader clarified that his party was
against violence in this regard and wanted that those guilty
of killings be booked and tried under criminal laws.

Both Chautala and Jindal recently expressed support to
the Khap panchayats prompting their political opponents to
criticise them for boosting the morale of the self-styled
caste councils.

"Caste panchayats are enjoying political patronage by the
Congress and INLD of Om Prakash Chautala in Haryana and this
is why they are trampling fundamental rights of citizens with
impunity," CPM central committee member Nilotpal Basu said
reacting to support extended by Jindal and Chautala to Khaps.

PTI