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SC: Illegal for Khap panchayat to stop marriage between consulting adults

Team SoOLEGAL 28 Mar 2018 10:20am

SC: Illegal  for Khap panchayat to stop marriage between consulting adults

New Delhi: Acting on a plea filed by NGO Shakti Vahini the Supreme Court  bench led by CJI Dipak Misra has issued guidelines to prevent Khap Panchayats from stopping marriage. These so called  Panchayat’s wield enormous influence in villages of several states such as UP,Haryana and MP, and are often considered as responsible for the growing incidence of honour killings.

During the last hearing last month, Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra -- who is leading the three-judge bench -- said "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".

Khap  panchayats argue that they are not against inter-caste or inter-faith marriages, but only against marriages within the same gotra, or blood-related clan.

The SC said it is giving States six weeks to comply as it further ordered completion of trial of honour killing with in six months of filing of the chargesheet.The accused should be tried in special court designated for the crime.

As per the directive of the court an FIR is to be lodged immediately if khaps issue threat  to individuals for inter cast marriage.The police has to ensure safety and security of the marrying couple and their families.Safe house need to be established  under the supervision of SP or DM of the area concerned. SC has further asked for creation of special 24x 7 cells in every district comprising the SP and district social welfare officer to receive petitions/complaints of harassment of and threat to couples in inter-caste marriages.

Several heads of Khap Panchayats have expressed their displeasure over this judgement and  this amounts to interference in their social affairs.

Tagged: SC   Khap   Shakti Vahini   honour killings  
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