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Khap panchayats ruling against inter-caste marriage of adults ‘absolutely illegal’: SC

Written by  Published in Delhi-NCR Friday, 20 October 2017 09:25

The Supreme Court added that if the Centre does not step in to ban such khap panchayats then it would have to step in.

The Supreme Court has held as “absolutely illegal” any attack by khap panchayats or associations against adult man and woman opting for an inter-caste marriage.

“If an adult man and woman marry, no khap, panchayat or society can question them,” SC bench headed by CJI Dipak Misra said on Tuesday.

Further, the apex court added that if the Centre does not step in to ban such panchayats then it would have to step in.

Khaps, community organisations representing a clan or a group of related clans, frequently make pronouncements on social issues and have often landed in controversies owing to their diktats.

One such Khap panchayat leader in Haryana blamed chowmein for the rise in rape cases in India.

“To my understanding, consumption of fast food contributes to such incidents. Chowmein leads to hormonal imbalance evoking an urge to indulge in such acts,” Jitender Chhatar, a resident of Jind’s Chhatar village and khap panchayat leader, was quoted as saying.

Another suggested that the age of marriage should be dropped from 18 to 16 because being married would make young women less susceptible to rape. Source : ht




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