Khap Panchayats

  • Khaps seek CBI probe into Muzaffarnagar riots February 19, 2014

    A khap panchayat held at Dabouda Khurd village in Jhajjar on Wednesday demanded a CBI probe into the Muzaffarnagar riots. The panchayat that lasted for over five hours was attended by representatives of khaps active in Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Delhi and Haryana. "Innocent people of the Jat community have been falsely implicated under...
  • Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda equates Khaps with NGOs February 7, 2014

    Chandigarh: Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda on Friday equated Khap Panchayats with organizations like NGO, saying that they are part of state's culture. "Khap Panchayats are like NGO as we have Resident Welfare Associations. They are part of our culture," Hooda said, while addressing media here after holding a cabinet...
  • AAP defends existence of khap panchayats February 1, 2014

    New Delhi: The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Saturday defended the existence of the khap panchayats, but said it was opposed to any kind of decision given by them that violated the law of the land. Senior party leader Yogendra Yadav said, "All castes tend to have their social organisations, which...
  • Birbhum gangrape case: Forensics team submits report to police January 28, 2014

    Kolkata: The West Bengal forensics team on Tuesday submitted its primary observation report in the Birbhum gangrape case to the district police. The details of the report are not known. On Monday, the police recovered a mobile phone recording of the khap panchayat which ordered the gangrape of the 20-year-old as...
  • Hooda defends khaps, says they don't order honour killings October 5, 2013

    Chandigarh: Strongly defending khap panchayats (caste councils), Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda on Saturday said they don't order "honour killings" and most such cases involve relatives of boys or girls, whose relations are opposed by their families. The Chief Minister emphasised on the need to change mindset of the...
  • Haryana: Khap bans villagers from having feasts at marriage parties August 23, 2013

    With an eye on reducing wedding expenses, a 'khap panchayat' of 12 villages in Bhiwani district of Haryana has imposed a ban on its residents from having lunch or dinner at marriage parties. The 'khap panchayat' (caste council) took this decision at its meeting held at Kadma village on the Jhhoju-Dadri...
  • Khap panchayat lets off man accused of molestation February 10, 2013

    Hisar: A Khap panchayat played court again in Haryana's Hisar district where a trader, accused of molesting a girl, was freed after an apology while the policemen watched. The local trader was 'punished' following allegations of sexual harassment. This after a girl complained to her family about the alleged harassment...
  • Khap panchayat forces couple to live as siblings February 3, 2013

    Hisar: A Khap panchayat in Haryana's Hisar district has reportedly forced a couple to live as siblings. The couple has been married for over a year. Their families alleged harassment and extortion by the village head. The families claimed that the police did not register their complaint despite several visits to...
  • 'Means adopted by khaps assuming unreasonable proportions' January 23, 2013

    New Delhi: Coming down heavily on khap panchayats, the Justice JS Verma Committee on Wednesday said means adopted by them have assumed "unreasonable proportions" and asked the government to ensure such bodies do not interfere with choices made by people regarding marriage. The committee said actions of khap panchayats are...
  • Khaps caution Arya Samaj temples against same village weddings January 21, 2013

    Rohtak: Notorious for pronouncing bizarre verdicts on social issues, Haryana's community councils, the khaps, on Sunday asked the Arya Samaj not to solemnise at its temples weddings between couples from the same gotra (lineage) and village. The khaps have objected to such marriages being solemnised, saying that these violated the century-old...
  • SC questions Khaps stopping women from carrying cell phones January 14, 2013

    New Delhi: Khap Panchayats on Monday came in the firing line after the Supreme Court took serious note of their directives denying women the right to carry mobile phones. The apex court questioned the directive as going against the law. The court has also given khaps time till February 25...
  • Khap panchayat forms panel to place its views before SC January 9, 2013

    Rohtak: The Sarva Khap Panchayat on Wednesday formed a 17-member panel to place their views effectively before the Supreme Court, which has recently sought to hear their opinion before issuing any order to curb dictated violence against young couples. The panel, comprising advocates and khap representatives, was formed after a meeting...
  • Supreme Court invites Khaps to hear their views January 4, 2013

    New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday invited 'Khap Panchayats' to hear their views before issuing any order to stop them from harassing and killing couples, particularly women in name of family honour for entering into inter-caste or intra-gotra marriages. The Centre, however, fervently pleaded with the apex court to put...
  • Centre files plea before SC for monitoring khap panchayats January 4, 2013

    New Delhi: The Centre has filed a plea before the Supreme Court seeking that khap panchayats be monitored. The Centre appealed to the apex court to put in place a mechanism that will monitor the violation of women's rights by khap panchayats. The SC asked khap panchayats to clarify their position...
  • Jat Khap mahapanchayat today, reservation on agenda October 19, 2012

    Haryana: All Jat Khaps will be meeting for a mahapachayat on Friday in Jind and the main agenda would be to discuss reservation for their community. However, the meeting also comes under the backdrop of over 20 rapes cases in just 40 days in Haryana and widespread criticism over the...
  • Haryana: Dalits denied meeting with MPs, create ruckus October 17, 2012

    Jind: Members of a Dalit organisation created a ruckus outside a PWD guesthouse in Jind, Haryana after police refused to let them in on Wednesday. The group wanted to go inside to meet the 11 MPs visiting from Delhi. The MPs who are on a fact-finding mission were holding a...
  • Men eat chowmein and commit rape: Khap leader October 17, 2012

    New Delhi: A Khap leader recently had asked youngsters to refrain from eating junk food like chowmein. The bizarre statement was made by Jitender Chhataar who said that men experience hormonal imbalances when they eat chowmein, momos and then they commit rape. CNN-IBN Deptuy Editor Sagarika Ghose took this up...
  • Khap panchayats demand status of Lok Adalats October 14, 2012

    Sonepat (Haryana): A Khap Mahapanchayat held here has appealed to the Centre and Haryana government to grant 'Khaps' the status of Lok Adalats as their decisions on various issues were "unanimous." The meeting, attended by about 70 Khaps, said on Saturday that they were open to government representatives taking part...
  • Khaps decide not to reduce marriageable age of girls October 13, 2012

    Chandigarh: A Mahapanchayat attended by several Khaps in Sonepat district on Saturday refuted the idea of a Khap leader that marriageable age of girls should be brought down to 16 years, saying the suggestion was "individual in nature" and should not be seen as stand of the body. The Mahapanchayat, attended...
  • Haryana: Khaps to discuss early marriage for girls October 13, 2012

    Rohtak: Haryana's Sarva Khap Jat Panchayat, which has been at the forefront of demanding reservations for Jats in government jobs, will now discuss the bizarre suggestion that the marriage age for girls be lowered to curb rising incidents of rape in the state. The supreme council is an umbrella body...
  • Neither support, nor oppose khaps' views on rapes: Chautala October 11, 2012

    New Delhi: Former Haryana Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala on Thursday seemed to have toned down his stance on rapes, albeit he did not totally disown it. After widespread criticism over his backing to the khap Panchayat's bizarre views on rapes and solutions to sexual crimes, the Haryana Opposition leader...
  • Govt unable to stop crime against women: Smriti Irani October 10, 2012

    Two more rapes reported in the last 24 hours in Haryana, making the tally of 15 rapes in 31 days. ...
  • Haryana ex-CM backs Khap's 'marriageable age' suggestion October 10, 2012

    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...
  • Haryana: Sonia meets rape victims, slams khaps October 9, 2012

    Sacha Khera: Taking a tough stance on the rising number of rapes in the country, especially after a spate of incidents were reported in Haryana, Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Tuesday said that strictest action will be taken against the culprits. Visiting the rape victims in Jind, Haryana, Sonia slammed khap...
  • Haryana rapes: Sonia to visit victims, families October 9, 2012

    Hisar: Congress President Sonia Gandhi will on Tuesday visit the rape vicitims and their families in Jind, Haryana. Her visit comes three days after a Dalit teen girl set herself on fire after being gangraped by four men. The Congress government in Haryana had been criticised for doing too little...
  • We will put rape cases in fast track court: SP Hisar October 8, 2012

    Khap Panchayat offers a shocking formula for preventing rape - marry girls at 16. There have been 11 rape cases in Haryana in 29 days. ...
  • Dalits reject Khap member's 'marriageable age' suggestion October 8, 2012

    Hisar: There is outrage over a Haryana Khap member's statement that girls must be married off at 16 years of age to avoid being raped. The Dalit community has rejected the Khap's suggestion of lowering the marriageable age, calling it a sick mindset. "Reducing the marriageable age won't make a...
  • Haryana wants Khaps to fight atrocities against women October 8, 2012

    Chandigarh: Infamous for their unlawful social diktats, especially against women marrying within their gotra or clan, Haryana's khap panchayats were on Sunday asked by the state government to fight atrocities against women. Haryana Education Minister Geeta Bhukkal urged social organisations and Khap panchayats "to give a befitting reply to those...
  • No one came to my rescue: Haryana rape victim October 7, 2012

    Jind: Unable to bear the trauma, the 16-year-old dalit girl from Sachakhera in Jind doused herself in kerosene and set herself on fire after being gangraped by three men in her neighbourhood. Worse, the sister in law of one of the perpetrators allegedly stood on guard to ensure no one...
  • Child marriage solution for rape cases: Khap Panchayat member October 7, 2012

    Hisar: In a shocking reaction to the recent spate of rape cases in Haryana, khap panchayat members have 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. When asked why rapes are...