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Sat Singh , Hindustan Times
Rohtak, September 25, 2013
To keep a check on honour killings following same-gotra marriages besides other issues, khap panchayats in the area have set up a secret unit to keep an eye on rural girls who visit colleges in town for higher studies. A committee comprising khap representatives will scan shops and areas where girls usually visit for recharging mobiles, getting photocopies done and using the phone facility.

Sources said such a decision was taken at a meeting earlier this week here. During the meeting, khap members expressed concern at the increasing cases of youth trying to marry in the same gotra by defying tradition.

The members said it was high time community members kept an eye on girls to stop them from getting distracted from studies by monitoring their movements when they came to study in colleges.

Confirming the move, Om Prakash Dhankhar, chief of the Dhankhar khap, said it was found that girls who came from villages to study in colleges in towns wearing a salwar kameez changed into modern outfits after coming to the town and again wore traditional clothes while going back to their places, befooling their parents.

He said they would demand action against shopkeepers located near women's colleges, who worked as "facilitators" in providing girls modern dresses and mobile phones on rent.

Recently, a Jhajjar khap had put a ban on girls above 10 wearing jeans in schools and colleges. According to the order, all such girls in schools and colleges would wear salwar kameez instead of western outfits like skirts and trousers.

A National Commission for Women team which visited the district on Monday had reprimanded the khaps for their role in imposing ban on girls in the name of tradition, while no such bans were imposed on boys.