Supreme Court had this to say on Khap panchayats

ruling came about from a bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and justices AM Khanwilkar and DY Chandrachud

With rising menace of interference in marriages from Khap panchayats, the Supreme Court on Tuesday banned such efforts terming them illegal.

It need be mentioned that various inter-faith/inter-caste couples have been facing threats and difficulties due to interference from these ‘khap panchayats’.

The ruling came about from a bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and justices AM Khanwilkar and DY Chandrachud.

The top court laid down guidelines to prevent such interferences and also added that its orders will remain effective till the time a suitable legislation is enacted by the Parliament.

The Supreme Court ruling came on a plea by NGO Shakti Vahini.

The NGO had moved the apex court in 2010 seeking protection of couples from honour killings.

In an indication that it would not recognise ‘khap panchayats’, the Supreme Court said that it would refer to them only as an assembly of persons or as a community group.

‘Khap’ panchayats are largely caste or community groups, present mostly in rural areas of north India.

They are mostly prevalent in states like Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan.

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