Union Minister Birendra Singh defends 'suit-boot ki sarkaar', invites criticism from Khaps

In an attempt to defend BJP-led NDA government of being branded as "Suit-boot Ki Sarkaar", Union Minister for Rural Development Chaudhary Birender Singh said if a tea-vendor can live "suited-booted" than we can say we are prosperous.

Khaps want strict law against female foeticide

The influential Khaps or caste councils from three states have vowed to work to end female foeticide and demanded a provision for 10-year jail to the guilty, arguing that if such strict law can be framed for cow slaughter why not for protecting girl child.

Khaps threaten to launch agitation against Sadananda Gowda

Khap Panchayats on Saturday threatened to launch an agitation against Union Law Minister DV Sadananda Gowda for his comments terming Khaps as "unconstitutional" and demanded his removal from the Cabinet.

92 Khaps in Haryana holds the key in Assembly polls

Some 92 Khaps, a highly influential self-styled caste councils, in Haryana hold the key to the outcome of Assembly polls even though Prime Minister Narendra Modi reached out to them ahead of hustings.

Implement Swaminathan report, amend Hindu Marriage Act: Khaps

A khap panchayat organised at Kandela in the district on Monday demanded from Centre to implement recommendations of Swaminathan Commission report and amend Hindu Marriage Act.

Khaps seek CBI probe into Muzaffarnagar riots

A khap panchayat held at Dabouda Khurd village here on Wednesday demanded a CBI probe into the Muzaffarnagar riots.

Khaps caution Arya Samaj temples against same-gotra weddings

Khaps asked the Arya Samaj not to solemnise at its temples weddings between couples from the same gotra (lineage) and village.

Dishonour killings: Law panel for harsher punishment, but no to death

Against the backdrop of the latest case of alleged dishonour killing, the Law Commission has recommended making it a non-bailable offence but disagreed with SC`s suggestion that death sentence be applied to all such cases.

Ban night weddings to minimise road mishaps, demand Khaps

Haryana`s Khap panchayats, who have already received flak over their moral policing-blended diktats, on Sunday asked the state government to ban marriage functions at night as it would lessen cases of drunken driving.

Khaps threaten stir demanding job reservation for

The executive committee of Sarv Khap Jat Panchayat threatened to launch an agitation if the demand that community members be given reservation in government jobs is not met by December 15.

Khaps to discuss lowering marriage age for girls

Haryana`s Sarva Khap Jat Panchayat will now discuss the bizarre suggestion that marriage age for girls be lowered to curb rising incidents of rape.

Haryana wants Khaps to fight atrocities against women

Infamous for their unlawful social diktats, especially against women marrying within their gotra or clan, Haryana`s khap panchayats were Sunday asked by the state government to fight atrocities against women.

Girls vow not to use mobiles, wear jeans

The development came amid uproar over Taliban-like diktats against women by a village in Baghpat.

Mirchpur residents intensify protest, 121 khaps extend support

Residents of Mirchpur and adjoining
villages, demanding a fresh probe into the killing of two
Dalits in April last year, have said that they would intensify
their ongoing agitation.

Now, Khaps want laws against homosexuality

A meet of Khap panchayats, which
have been demanding a ban on same gotra marriages, Sunday
sought legal recognition for these self-styled caste councils
and laws against homosexuality and surrogate motherhood.

Khap stops same gotra marriage, orders separation of couple

Continuing their opposition to same clan marriages, a khap panchayat has issued a diktat to a girl`s family not to go ahead with the marriage of their daughter within the same gotra in the district.

Khaps adamant on their demand, threaten stir

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.

BJP for consensus among political parties on Khaps

Amid the raging debate over the
authority of Khap panchayats, BJP today chose to tread
cautiously on the issue, favouring a consensus among political
parties to deal with the self-styled caste councils.

Khaps can`t be allowed to violate the law of the land: Wasnik

After his party colleague Navin
Jindal heaped praise on Khap panchayats, Mukul Wasnik today said while people have the right to vent their views in a democracy, no one can be allowed to violate the law of the land.

With Jat votes at stake, Khaps become an issue in Haryana

With Jats, accounting for over
one-fourth of the electorate in Haryana, political leaders are
openly supporting Khaps or caste councils, recently in news
for their diktats over same `gotra` marriages.