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Oct 10, 2012 at 07:04pm IST

Haryana ex-CM backs Khap's suggestion to marry off young girls to avoid rapes

Chandigarh: Former Haryana Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala has backed Khap Panchayat leaders' bizarre solution for rape. Chautala also compared the rapes in Haryana to Mughal atrocities. He said that in the Mughal era, people used to marry their girls to save them from Mughal atrocities and currently a similar situation is arising in the state. "I completely support the Khap Panchayat's decision. It is a good way to protect women," Chautala said.

This comes even as the number of rape cases continues to rise in Haryana. In a shocking reaction to the recent spate of rape cases in Haryana, khap panchayat members blamed girls for such incidents. One Khap Panchyat member gave a bizzare solution and suggested that the marriageable age for girls should be reduced to 16 years.

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When asked why rapes are occuring at this scale in Haryana, Sube Singh said that movies and television are to be blamed for rapes. "I believe this is happening because our youth are being badly influenced by cinema and television. I think that girls should be married at the age of 16, so that they have their husbands for their sexual needs, and they don't need to go elsewhere. This way rapes will not occur," commented Singh.

Congress President Sonia Gandhi had on Tuesday lashed out at the Khap Panchayats saying only Judiciary will decide the law and not Khap Panchayats. She met a rape victim in Jind on Tuesday.