Khap withdraws diktat issued to newly-wed couple

Last Updated: Wednesday, May 19, 2010 - 21:50

Rohtak: A Khap Panchayat in Haryana withdrew
its diktat asking a newly-wed couple of the same `gotra` to
annul their marriage or leave the village after they rejected
the order and police intervened.

Kulwant Maida and Sushila Badgujjar, who got married on
Sunday last at Samain village, 30 km from here, had been asked
by the Khap panchayat to annul their marriage as it violated
the age-old custom prohibiting same `gotra` (clan) weddings,
Rohtak SP A K Rao said.

However, the Scheduled Caste couple rejected the Khap`s
order calling it `Talibanesque` and `unethical` and reported
the matter to the police,

"Our officials went to Samain village yesterday and held
a meeting with the panchayat members. They were able to
convince them that their verdict was illogical and persuaded
them to take it back."

"We have reached a compromise with the bridegroom’s
family. Now, they (couple) can live here as husband and wife.
We have no problem with it," said a Khap member after the
self-styled caste council announced withdrawal of its diktat.


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First Published: Wednesday, May 19, 2010 - 21:50

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