Ghaziabad DM warns khap panchayat

Ghaziabad: A day after a couple sought police protection following a threat issued by a khap panchayat, the district administration today warned the self-styled caste council in village Sikandarpur Kakodh against taking law into their hands.

District Magistrate Hridesh Kumar also directed that all the panchayat members be bound under personal sureties of Rs 1 lakh each.

Objecting to the marriage of Sheetal Singh and Sudhir Singh (belonging to the same gotra), the khap panchayat in Sikandarpur Kakodh had on Thursday threatened to evict them from the village if they did not end their relationship.

Sheetal (21) was asked to treat Sudhir (24) as her brother and tie a rakhi on his wrist or leave the village by the khap panchayat, prompting them to seek police protection.

Superintendent of Police (Rural) MM Baig said adequate police force has been deployed to protect the couple to let them stay in the village.

Meanwhile, the khap panchayat members will be holding a Mahapanchayat next week on the issue of same gotra marriages in the Jat community.

Both Sheetal and Sudhir belong to the Jat community and the same gotra.

The two eloped in November 2009 and got married in a temple. They remained together as husband and wife for some time but returned to their village to get the consent of their parents who strongly opposed their union.

The couple had only three days ago disclosed that they were married after which the khap panchayat met.