Annul marriage or desert village: SC Panchayat to couple



Rohtak: A Dalit khap panchayat has asked a couple, who got married just two days back, to annul their marriage holding it has violated an age-old village custom prohibiting wedding in same 'gotra' (clan).

However, Kulwant Maidaland Sushila Badgujjar, who got married on Sunday at Samain village, 30km from Rohtak, have rejected the panchayat's as "Talibanesque" and "unethical".

The panchayat says the marriage has violated the custom that prohibits matrimonial ties between a girl and a boy if one of his his or her parents or grandmother belongs to Bahamnia 'gotra' (clan) as majority of residents of Samain village of the Scheduled Caste community belong to the same gotra.

The panchayat also said if the couple fails to break their marriage within ten days, the groom's family would have to leave the village or be evicted.

The marriage between Kulwant and Sushila, a resident of Dadula village in Panipat district, landed into controversy almost immediately when some guests at the wedding function objected to the solemnization after coming to know that Sushila’s mother belonged to Bahamnai gotra.

The villagers had yesterday convened a panchayat and termed the marriage as against the social custom.

The district police contacted the panchayat’s member and directed them to withdraw their verdict.

The police today also recorded the statement of some villagers in this regard after taking stock of the situation in the area.

Khap panchayats in Haryana, mostly dominated by Jat community members, are notorious for issuing diktats asking married couples to live as brother and sister after holding their marriages as invalid for having violated 'gotra' norms.

PTI