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BJP secy seeks ban on same gotra union

After Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) and Congress leaders, BJP national secretary Capt Abhimanyu on Monday supported the demand of khap panchayats for a ban on same-gotra marriages.

chandigarh Updated: May 25, 2010 00:33 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times

After Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) and Congress leaders, BJP national secretary Capt Abhimanyu on Monday supported the demand of khap panchayats for a ban on same-gotra marriages.

Abhimanyu said that there were sufficient provisions in the Hindu Marriage Act, 1955, pertaining to customary practices to deal with the issue of same-gotra unions.

“If the people want a ban on such marriages as per their customs, what is wrong with it?” he told reporters at a press conference here, terming these as his “personal views”.

The Haryana BJP leader said that the khap panchayats drew their power from acceptance among the people and had been playing an important role in maintaining public order.

The media, however, appeared to be in a great hurry to project them in a bad light, he said.

First Published: May 25, 2010 00:22 IST