The one-day inter-state convention of the Jat community concluded in Bijnore on Friday with a call to end marriages within family lineage and village of origin.
A cry of “Doodh aur khoon ka rishta na ho, gaon ki beti ki shadi gaon me na ho” (No relationship within family lineage, no marriages of daughters within same village),” concluded the convention.
The convention unanimously passed a resolution to launch a nationwide campaign from August 15 to protect the “rich culture of Jats” from the ongoing attacks on Khaps. “The only way to protect our honour is to reach out to the clansmen, especially youngsters, to seek their support at this time of crisis by allaying doubts about Khap panchayats,” said Suresh Arya, convener of the convention.
“Perhaps it was our fault that the young generation is not aware about glorious past of these Khap panchayats either,” said Arya. He said the time had come to introduce them to Khaps as “great social reformers” and “custodians of the clan’s culture and tradition”.
The campaign would set off from the bank of Ganges on August 15 and will pass through villages across the country before it comes to an end on October 3 at village Nangla Soti, on the border of Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand. Campaign officials will hand over their report to the organisers of Jat Mahakumbh, an annual event of the clan, for further discussion and to initiate action.
Defending Khaps, Arya insisted that they never passed orders to eliminate people. “Khaps neither supported nor issued ‘death orders’ to anyone,” he said.
He claimed that such decrees passed by a few individuals had given Khaps a bad name.
The convention has also agreed to up the stir to bring in changes in Hindu Marriage Act to ban inter-gotra marriages. Heads of various Khaps and organisations from Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Jammu and Haryana attended the convention.
Khap diktat forced suicide?
A man in a Chhattisgarh village has claimed that his wife of 25 years committed suicide after community leaders ordered they live as brother-sister because they were both from the same clan.
Manohar Lal Sahu said the leaders of Chirchari village of Durg district about 120 km west of Raipur, disbanded their relation, driving his wife, Kachhari Bai, to suicide on May 7. “I went to police after her death but the police has not taken action,” he said.
ASP (Durg) Manish Sharma, says, Manohar has not lodged any complaint. “A case has been registered. Probe is on,” he added.