New Delhi: A discussion on `khap
panchayats` at a meeting of state women`s commissions here
today witnessed some heated debate with a representative from
Haryana saying that such bodies had been doing good work.
During the discussion presided over by National
Commission for Women chairperson Girija Vyas, Sushila Kumari,
a representative from Haryana, said, "How come the `khap
panchayats` which were at the beginning involved in good
social causes are now not appreciated anymore?"
This comment elicited sharp reactions from the
panelist who questioned her statement.
Kumari, however, defended her remark and said the
society has also some responsibility.
No representative from Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan or
Madhya Pradesh attended the meeting, a senior NCW official
Rule of khap panchayats or incidents of female
foeticide are high in Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Rajasthan and
While Rajasthan reported 14,494 incidents of crime
against women in 2008, the corresponding figures for Uttar
Pradesh, Punjab and Haryana were 23,569, 2627 and 5142.
In 2009, Haryana registered 10 attempt to rape cases,
199 domestic violence cases, 269 dowry death cases and 593
In Madhya Pradesh, 125 attempt to rape cases, 333
domestic violence cases, 136 rape cases and 102 dowry death
cases were registered in 2009. In Punjab, 62 attempt to rape
cases, 128 dowry death cases and 1155 dowry harassment cases
were registered last year