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The Khaps, present largely in rural areas of north India, act as self-proclaimed quasi-judicial bodies
The Supreme Court, in its landmark ruling, called Khap Panchayats intervention in marriages illegal. The apex court stated that any assembly which is intended to scuttle a marriage between two consenting adults would be illegal.
The Supreme Court today disposed of the petition filed by an NGO against Khap Panchayats.
Khap Panchayat matter: Supreme Court disposed off the petition filed by NGO, Shakti Vahini against khap panchayats & seeking directions to Centre and state governments for preventing honour killings— ANI (@ANI) March 27, 2018
A bench headed by Chief Justice Misra sought measures against interference of Khap Panchayats in marriages.
The Khaps, present largely in rural areas of north India, act as self-proclaimed quasi-judicial bodies. Khap Panchayats came under the scanner after reports of honour killings surfaced.
Haryana sentenced five people to death and one person to life-imprisonment in 2007 for killing a couple on the orders of a self-styled Khap Panchayat.