Political or apolitical: Haryana khaps are divided

In recent years, khaps - community courts - in Haryana have made news mostly for the wrong reasons including diktats on weddings and opposing jeans for girls. In election time, the same khaps are being wooed by political parties as they command wide influence.

Haryana panchayat bans cultural programmes by girls in schools

A village panchayat here has banned cultural programmes by girl students in schools in the area alleging they were encouraging vulgarity.

Khaps oppose death penalty for rapists

Opposing the demand for death penalty for rapists, Khaps in Haryana on Sunday said no law should be introduced in a hurry which can be misused.

Girl says nobody forced her to marry a Dalit boy

A caste-Hindu girl, whose father committed suicide after her marriage with Dalit boy, which resulted in violence here earlier this month, told a local court that nobody had forced her for the wedding.

Panchayat decisions should be taken as "guidance": RLD MP

RLD MP Jayant Chaudhary on Sunday said panchayats decisions should not be taken as "diktats or orders" but as "guidance".

Khap imposes ban on paddy cultivation in Haryana

A khap panchayat in Jhajjar has
ordered a ban on paddy cultivation in 36 villages of Haryana`s
Salhavaas region to prevent desertification of land.

Couple faces the brunt of Khap in Bihar

In a rerun of `Khap panchayat justice` in Bihar, a couple of East Champaran district had their heads tonsured.

"Khap" screening stopped in Kurukshetra

Screening of `Khap` has been
stopped by the activists of the Jat community who had objected
to screening of the movie here in Glitz cinema.

Review: ‘Khap’ is a social-drama gone horribly wrong!

Issue based films come with a huge risk of stirring communal passion.

Om Puri plays a Anna Hazare in the reel life!

There are rigid social systems that still dominate our modern society.

Puri for strict implementation of law against Khaps

Om Puri, who is looking forward to his yet-to-be released film `Khap`, dealing with the issue of honour killing.

Om Puri starrer `Khap` to hit theatres on July 29

`Khap`, which deals with the issue of honour killing, is all set to hit cinema houses on July 29.

I have played many lame characters for money: Om Puri

He has acted in some of the greatest films but veteran actor Om Puri rues the fact that talented directors now opt for only big stars.

Khap bars girls from wearing jeans

Khap has banned girls from wearing jeans, blaming the attire for incidents of eve teasing and young couples eloping.

Taliban-type decree by Khap

In yet another outrageous
diktat by a Khap panchayat, a self-styled community council
here has ruled that a boy who had eloped with a girl, hailing
from another village, will have to hand over a girl.

Discussion on `khap panchayats` witness heated debate

A discussion on `khap
panchayats` at a meeting of state women`s commissions here
today witnessed some heated debate.

Khap members demands Hindu Marriage Act amendment

Demanding amendment in the Hindu Marriage Act to prevent weddings within the same `gotra` (sub caste), a delegation of Khap panchayats met Haryana CM Bhupinder Singh Hooda and submitted a memorandum in this regard here Thursday.

Haryana CM toes Khaps` line on sub-caste marriages

Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder
Singh Hooda today said he was not in favour of marriage in the
same subcaste, toeing the line of Khap panchayats or
self-style caste councils which have demanded a ban on it.

Khap withdraws diktat issued to newly-wed couple

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.

NHRC slams Khap panchayats

Coming down heavily on `Khap
panchayats` or self-styled caste councils, the NHRC today
warned them against taking the law in their hands in the name
of tradition.