Khap Panchayat matter: SC asks Centre to come up with effective suggestions to protect couples

Supreme Court of India
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New Delhi, Feb 5: The Supreme Court on Monday asked the Central government and petitioners to come up with effective suggestions in connection with the protection of couples in Khap Panchayat matters.

While hearing the matter, Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra “Whether it is parents, society or anyone, they are out of it. No one, either individual or collective, or group, has the right to interfere with the marriage”.

The apex court was hearing a petition by a non-profit, Shakti Vahini, which sought a ban on such crimes and on “Khap Panchayats” or village courts in some parts of north India, especially Haryana.

Prior to this, the court had slammed Prime Minister Narendra Modi led central government over its inefficient steps in handling the Khap Panchayats.

‘if the Centre does not act towards banning Khap Panchayats, then the court will step in”, the court had stated.

“Whatever the amicus curiae say about khap, we are not concerned with that. What we are concerned is that if an adult girl or boy gets into marriage, no khap, no individual or no society can question them,” the bench said.

“Whenever there is any kind of collective attack on a boy or girl who is adult, it is absolutely illegal,” the bench had said.


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