Jat leaders protest against central Govt on Khap issue

Members of the Khap launched a mass agitation at delhi on Monday against the central government's decision to enact a law to ban their council's community-related norms and allied dictums. They reiterated their united stand to combat the governments' plan to prohibit the council's directives and curb incidents of honour killings in the Jat community. "We want to tell that every community residing in this region is against it (proposed legislation questioning locus-standi of Khap Panchayat), this was the main motive behind this meeting. Secondly, the government's take on the Khap that it will be banned and prosecuted, it is a mistake on the part of the government," said Yudhvir Singh, General Secretary, All India Jat Mahasabha.
However, on this aspect, the Khap Panchayat members asserted that the council has never been party to such acts of violence, in contrast to the honour killings attributed to the community elders' notions on Gotra (social clan and family lineage). "We have told many times before that the Khap Panchayat does not issue diktats. Khap Panchayat always works for the good of the society and never takes a wrong decision," said Ram Singh Solanki, a Khap Panchayat functionary. Earlier, the Supreme Court had sought a response from the central government and eight states including Haryana, Punjab, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Jharkhand on the honour killing issue.


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