Good Move by Supreme CourtIn a world of modernization, education, knowledge and scientific advancements, people still try to be in stone age and relent to unnecessary violence in the name of religion or religious ethics. Honor killings, public assaults on their own children. punishing in front of the entire village and what not, these are only some of the gory acts performed by few panchayat systems who run merely on the name of 'religion and caste'. Where is this world going? Isn't there anyone to stop them? Isn't it the right of a major to marry a person of his/her own choice. This is a democratic country, right? Everyone has equal rights and why do khap panchayats interfere in between two people?
Supreme court strictly warned Khap Panchayats no to interfere with an inter-caste or inter-race marriage. According to Supreme Court's Chief Justice Dipak Misra and the bench, "If people decide to marry, they are adults and you are nobody to interfere. Whether the law prohibits or allows a particular marriage, the law will take its own course. Don't be the conscience keeper of the society". Earlier this year, on 16th January 2018 Supreme Court declared that the interference of khap panchayat among two adult individuals (majors) is illegal. And again on 5th February 2018, Supreme Court stood by its statement and gave a strict warning to this system.
The tough stance by the apex court should be an inspiration to the local police as well. They should take strict actions against the members who take law into their hands in the name of 'conscience keepers'
I applaud the Supreme Court's stance and I wish this system (khap) completely vanishes from the society.