Breaking the 700-yearold tradition of marriage ban within 42 villages of Hisar and Jind districts under the Satrol khap, representatives of these villages from all castes have decided to allow the intra- and inter-caste marriages with their approval.
The path-breaking decision came at a meeting of Satrol khap at Narnaund village of Hisar district, where elders formally gave consent to the decision to ease up difficulty faced by villagers in finding a suitable match for their eligible wards within the defined threshold.
Subedar Inder Singh (retired), head of Satrol khap said, “From now, youth of marriageable age who earlier were not permitted to marry within 42 villages are free to explore the matrimonial options in these villages not only in the same caste but in other castes as well.”
The decision assumes significance in the backdrop of inter-caste marriages and marriages within shared khap being frowned upon in Haryana’s caste-ridden society for long.
However, he said the new development would still carry the norm of not marrying within the same gotra, village and neighbourhood.
He said that like any other institution, they also wanted to keep their traditions in sync with modernity and prevailing social circumstances of relevance.
He said that according to the earlier decision, the Jat community youth were not permitted to marry within 60-70 gotras falling under 42 villages, while now they could do except in their own gotra.
“But, the decision should have the consent of their parents guardians,” he added.
Terming the khap’s decision historic, Sunil Jaglan from Nogama khap of Jind district said the constant growing army of bachelors and skewed sex ratio forced social institutions to look beyond and find solutions to the problem. He urged other big khaps to emulate the decision.
In June 2013, Malik khap, also known as Gathwala khap, which is one of the largest Jat khaps, had taken the decision not to consider grandmother’s gotra while fixing matrimonial alliances.