The Rajasthan police on Monday registered a case against the khap panchayat of Balakheda in Karauli district for forcing a family to leave the village because one of its members had allegedly kidnapped a woman.
One Mahesh Singh of Balakheda village, about 160 km from the state capital, had been accused of carrying out the kidnapping. He was arrested on September 18.
According to police, the khap panchayat first demanded `500,000 from Singh’s family as fine for the alleged abduction and later forced it to leave the village even after the money was paid.
Police said the additional punishment only amounted to undue harassment of the family which had been living away from their home, struggling for food and shelter for 15 days now.
After the local police failed to heed to their pleas for shelter, the family brought it to the notice of inspector general of police (IG) Bharatpur Range Biju George Joseph.
He then directed Karauli SP to provide protection to the family and take legal action against the khap.
Karauli SP Yogesh Yadav said they had registered an FIR against all the members of the khap, and had asked Todabhim deputy SP to investigate the matter.