Khap panchyayat demands change in Hindu Marriage Act

In a meeting of about 60 'Khap panchayats' held at Jind, haryana demanded amendments in the Hindu Marriage Act to prevent marriages within the same 'gotra' (clan) and village. The 'Sarv Jatiya Sarvkhap' mahapanchayat presided over by Mewa Singh, president of the Mor Khap, urged all the MPs and MLAs of the state to support the demand of the panchayats. The mahapanchayat decided that its representatives would meet the MPs and MLAs of the state and seek their cooperation for bringing amendments in the Hindu Marriage Act to bar marriages withing the same 'gotra', a provision absent in it at present.
Earlier, during a meeting at Danoda Kalan village in Narwana sub-divison of Jind district on April 18, the panchayats had made the same demand, saying such marriages were against societal norms. A mahapanchayat of different khaps would now be held at Pai in Kaithal district on May 2, to decide the future strategy.

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