We are not ‘Taliban’- Khaps to SC

Team SoOLEGAL 5 Mar 2018 1:00pm

We are not ‘Taliban’- Khaps to SC

New Delhi: In an affidavit filed by lawyer Narender Hooda on behalf of Khap organisations,  in response to NGO Shakti Vahini PIL in SC asking for crackdown on Khap panchayats and stopping honour killings, the khap panchayats have contended that they are not a Taliban like organisation as being projected and  facts  run quite contrary to it.

According to the affidavit Khaps have never passed any judgement or ever ordered honour killings.They rather encourage inter-caste and inter faith marriage and given the low sex ratio of the state they want men from Haryana to marry females from other states.What Khaps oppose is marrying in close relations or sapinda or sogotra which has been happening for centuries something which modern science also supports.

The affidavit contends that the petitioners have twisted facts when holding the Khaps responsible for honour killings.As per the facts stated in PIL, Punjab had 286 honour killings incidents where as Haryana and UP together had  174 and 53 cases respectively.Punjab has no Khaps,still has higher cases of honour killings. Incidents of honour killings are higher in urban centre, where there are no Khaps. So it goes on to say to say these are result of family and personal honour and not because of any diktat by Khaps.

The affidavit goes on to say the whole purpose of this PIL is to malign the reputation of Jat community which comprises of Khaps.

The SC  on two earlier occasions, one on January 17 and other on February 6  had termed the Khap organisation order on annulling inter caste marriage as illegal.

Tagged: Khap   SC   PIL   NGO Shakti Vahini  
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