For a state known to ban marriages within the same `gotra` (clan), a community in Haryana`s Gurgaon district has been forced to abandon a 600-year-old tradition of brotherhood within the community and allow such marriages.
Giving out an unusual opinion which is very different from the ideologies of Khap panchayats so far, chief of such an informal social institution in Haryana has given his approval to use mobile phones and wearing jeans for girls, saying that this is a fundamental right of a girl and no panchayat should put a ban on it.
A prominent Jat outfit decided to join the Jat Khap panchayat`s rail blockade in the district from March if the Centre did not take steps to grant reservation for the community in central government jobs by Friday.
Khap panchayats may be in news for wrong reasons for their diktats but a self-styled caste council here has invited youths to participate in a mahapanchayat to discuss the menace of drug abuse and ways to curb it.
A newly married couple in Haryana`s Sonipat district, whose marriage was annulled by a `Khap` (community) panchayat on Tuesday, have decided to defy the diktat and have approached police, seeking protection.
The show had so far brought positive changes in the society; but in a shocking incident, a man who had appeared on Aamir Khan’s popular show ‘Satyamev Jayate’ few months back and spoken about the evils of Khap Panchayat was shot dead in his village in Bulandshahar, UP on November 22.