Supreme Court's Decision Against Involvement Of Khap Panchayat | POPxo

Now No One Can Question Two Adults Who Want To Get Married & We're All For It!

Now No One Can Question Two Adults Who Want To Get Married & We're All For It!

For years, Khap Panchayats have claimed many innocent lives and given heinous verdicts against the so-called 'offenders'. But finally, the latest Supreme Court decision comes as a huge blow to the autocracy of self-proclaimed Khap Panchayats. The Apex Court on Tuesday declared that it was illegal for Khap Panchayats or parents or society to interfere in the decision of an adult man and an adult woman to marry. The Supreme Court bench ruled:

The Court further added:

Also, the court warned the Centre that if it does not act towards banning Khap Panchayats, then the court will step in to do the same.

Khaps have made controversial statements in the past about banning cell phones, blaming fast food for rapes in India and advocating that legal age to get married be dropped from 18 to 16 years as that would 'make young women less susceptible to rape'. They've been plaguing the Indian society by acting as quasi-judicial bodies and pronouncing harsh punishments based on regressive, age-old customs.

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Considering the regressive attitude of Khaps, Supreme Court's decision is a significant one because it holds an individual's right to freedom more important than any self-proclaimed institution. Marriage is a personal choice and every adult has the freedom to make that choice. The Khap Panchayat or for that matter, the neighbourhood aunty should not decide who you CAN marry and who you CAN NOT. 

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