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Marriage of youth from the same village be made illegal: Khaps

Sat Singh, Hindustan Times  Rohtak, Haryana, October 28, 2012
First Published: 21:10 IST(28/10/2012) | Last Updated: 21:16 IST(28/10/2012)

While accepting that honor killing and female feticide is a serious issue that has become bane for the society, members of sarv khap jat mahapanchayat on Sunday demanded the amendment in Hindu marriage act-1955.

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The meeting was attended by representatives of 36 khaps and was presided over by president of Chaurasi khap Hardeep Ahlawat at Chottu Ram Dharmsala.

In a resolution passed in the meeting unanimously at the khap mahapanchayat meeting, they demanded that marriage of boys and girls in the same village or nearby villages should be made illegal. Hardeep Ahlawat said, "Amendment in Hindu marriage act regarding banning the youth's to marry in same or nearby village is our primary demand from government".

They said though khap panchayat never supports honor killing or female feticide, marriage of youths in the same gotra and same village is chief reason for increase of such type of crimes in society.

Ahlawat said, "Youths in today's time marry in same gotra or same village without any fear and government on their part give them protection in the name of law, which is injurious to society".

While giving their logic regarding the amendment in Hindu Marriage Act-1955, they said, "The tradition, culture and customs of north India are quite different from what is followed in south or the rest of India, so amendment in Hindu Marriage Act must be made for north India only".

Om Parkash Dhankhar, the president of Dhankhar khap said "A delegation of khap panchayat ould meet prime minister Manmohan Singh and president Pranab Mukherjee in this regard on November,5 and hand over a memorandum of their demands".

He said that they would also meet president of national women's commission Mamta Sharma to suggest measures to combat crime against women in Haryana.


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