Warning the state government, Malik, an advocate, said, "Khap panchayats will not tolerate such double standards. We may retaliate by launching an agitation."
Kuldeep Dhanda, convener, Sarv Jateeya Sarv Khap Mahapanchayat, is apprehensive about the anti-rape Bill. "Don't take a one-sided view. Any law allowing consensual sex at the age of 16 will be open to misuse. And why should the age be lowered only in case of girls?" asked Dhanda.
He said that instead of making stalking and staring at girls a non-bailable offence, the government should introduce methods to instill morality in its citizens with an aim of creating a crime-free society.