Khaps adamant on their demand, threaten stir
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Last Updated: Sunday, May 23, 2010, 20:49
  
Jind (Haryana): Khap Panchayats or caste councils, notorious for their diktats prohibiting marriages within same sub-castes, Sunday threatened to launch a stir if their demand for amending the Hindu Marriage Act was not met by June 19.

A congregation of Khaps here also threatened social boycott of MPs and MLAs if their demand was not fulfilled within the stipulated time.

The meeting, attended by over 300 Khap representatives from Haryana, UP and Delhi, resolved to slap a token fine of "one anna" (equivalent to six paise) on the lawmakers besides launching a non-cooperation movement.

Maintaining marriages within the same "gotra" are against social norms, the self-styled community councils reiterated their demand for amending the Hindu Marriage Act to prevent wedlocks within the same clan.

Satibir Shastri, vice-president of the Haryana Arya Pritinidhi Sabha, presided over the meeting attended by BKU president Mahendra Singh Tikait.

Tikait stressed the need for unity among the Khaps, the so-called custodian of medieval customs, for achieving their goal.

Caste panchayats in Haryana had launched a campaign against the same gotra weddings after a Karnal court on March 30 awarded death penalty to five people.

The court also sentenced two others, including a Khap leader, to life imprisonment in connection with the murder of a couple who had married despite having a common sub-caste.

Another Khap diktat

Meanwhile, police have been deployed in Bajehda village in Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh after a Khap panchayat allegedly ordered to kill a couple, who want to marry in the same cast against the local practices.

The couple, said to be Rekha and Sudhir, have fled the village following the community panchayat's diktat. However, no complaint was lodged with police about their disappearance.

SSP Raghubir Lal said security would be given to the lovers if they seek protection from police. He has warned the Khap panchayat under Massoori police station area, against the order.

The couple belong to the same caste and gotra and their affair is opposed on grounds of customs in the area. Police in plain clothes are deployed in the village.

PTI


First Published: Sunday, May 23, 2010, 20:49


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