‘Nobody should be allowed to take law into hands’
New Delhi: Against the backdrop of his son and MP Jayant Chaudhury terming panchayat decisions as "guidance" and not diktats, RLD chief and Union Minister Ajit Singh on Monday sought to put a lid on the controversy saying that nobody should be allowed to take law into their hands.
"If anyone tries to implement what is against the law, nobody can support that," he said here.
His remarks come close on the heels of Jayant defending khap or panchayat decisions saying village elders put in continuous effort to create awareness among the youth about dowry, foeticide and other evil practices.
"Thus it cannot be considered as diktats or orders but can be called guidance," he said yesterday.
Jayant's comments came against the backdrop of directives issued by a panchayat in Asara village in Baghpat's Ramala area in UP banning love marriages and barring women below 40 years of age from going out for shopping and using mobile phones outside their homes.
The Civil Aviation Minister said the panchayats had a right to put across their views. "But that does not mean it will be carried out if it is against the law."
He said if a law is broken, the administration will take care of that.