There is a new verdict came in honour killing. On Monday, Supreme Court came out against Khap Panchayats in connection with honour killing. It was the bench of three judges headed by Chief Justice of India (CJI) Dipak Misra. It says that the Khap Panchayat to ‘not become conscience keepers’ and asked them to stop interfering in marriage being held with the consent of two elders. It further added that the ‘law will take its own course’ in this matter.
There was also request made for banning the khap panchayats and the apex court asked to work on stop honour killings. For this, the suggestions were asked from the Centre and petitioners for the protection of couples from Khap Panchayats.
In fact, the Supreme Court also smacked the Centre for not protecting the couples who married in different caste. It said, “If the Centre does not act against Khap Panchayats, then the court will step in.”
CJI Dipak Misra on marriages
“We can’t say which marriage is null or void, which marriage is good or bad… just stay out of it.” “Two persons marry…they are adults…you are no one to interfere in it.”
What are Khap Panchayats?
Khaps are basically community groups with influence in rural areas of north India. They are against inter-caste and intra-caste marriages and kill coupes in the name of honour killings.