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Khap diktat: Villagers fear for their women

india Updated: Jul 07, 2010 00:57 IST
Kapil Datta

In yet another case of people being terrorised for falling in love, residents of Daula village have alleged that the khap panchayat of Maicha village in Greater Noida has given out a diktat threatening to abduct women from their village.

Crime sheet

June 20, 2010: In a case of honour killing, Kuldeep Singh, his wife Monica and Shubha Nagar were shot dead allegedly by Ankit Khari, Monica's younger brother and his best friends Mandeep Nagar and Nakul
April 3, 2010: Bunty Kumar was bludgeoned to death by two juveniles for falling in love with their sister. He wanted to marry her but they belonged to different castes
October 27, 2009: Four persons were arrested for allegedly murdering a man for marrying a woman of the same 'Gotra' and then raping his wife. One of the men accused of raping the woman was her cousin

The panchayat wants that the upper caste girl who eloped with lower caste boy from Daula village be sent back.

What was supposed to be a matter between two families has blown into a feud between two villages. Following the threat, many residents of Daula village have fled from their homes fearing for the safety of their daughters.

The khap, comprising upper caste Brahmins, allegedly took this decision to take revenge on the boy a Jatav, his family and other villagers.

After the diktat, additional police force was deployed on Monday in both the villages and case was registered against the miscreants who had come on Sunday and tried to forcibly take boy's father and two other relatives. The extreme decision of the Khap came after Preeti Sharma and Sanjay Jatav eloped on June 24.

"Preeti and Sanjay both worked as teachers at Shiv Charan Sharma Junior High School where they fell in love. Their family members objected to their relationship but they continued seeing each other for two years. Both had been expelled from the school for a year but continued with their relationship. On June 24, the girl went to her grandparents house from where she eloped with Sanjay. As both were adults, the family members did not inform the police," Superintendent of Police SK Verma.

Kanchhi Jatav, the boy's father, said, "They had threatened to kidnap the women members of our family too. They assaulted me. Had the police not been informed, they would have taken me forcibly."

Daula village elder Mukesh Kumar said, "They asked us to give one girl of our village to them who would be held captive by them till we return their girl who eloped with Sanjay. When we refused, they asked us to handover the boy's father and two of their relatives. They then took out guns and threatened to kill Sanjay's father."