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Couple inter-caste marriage: Khaps on backfoot

HT Correspondent , Hindustan Times   Rohtak, October 04, 2013
First Published: 18:33 IST(4/10/2013) | Last Updated: 18:34 IST(4/10/2013)

A day after the media highlighted the dictatorial style of khaps of eight villages in putting pressure on a family of a boy, who had married a girl of a neighbouring village against local traditons, the khap representatives met superintendent of police and explained their stand.

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Ravinder Kumar of Singhpura Khurd village of Jat community and Jyoti Devi of Gaddi Kheri village of ther backward community married at a Delhi court. Both had eloped from village a fortnight ago and registered their marriage on October 1 and demanded police protection after Kumar's family received threats from khap representatives.

Bimla Devi, mother of Kumar had demanded security cover for family and alleged that khaps of eight villages had been forcing the family of social boycott, if they did not produce the couple before them.

Talking to media persons, eight villages(Aethgama) pardan Anand Kumar, said after meeting with superintendent of police on Friday, that men and women of eight villages, which share brotherhood are prohibited to marry within this juridiction. He said that this custom has been preserved and well respected by all communities of these eight villages and khaps at no cost can strike compromise on this stand. He said that brotherhood(Guhaand in local parlance) means a lot for them and if such things start happening, and this idea would not be accepted by their society.

However, he said that they are law abiding citizens and would not want to do anything against law, but just are making efforts for the sake of their customs. Notably, khap panchayats recently in a meeting at Jind town had demanded amendment in hindu marriage act by seeking prohibition marriage within gotra and village.


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