Indian National Lok Dal President Om Prakash Chautala Thursday defended himself and said he did not support the suggestions made by a Khap Panchayat to marry off girls early to prevent rape incidents in Haryana.
"I am not supporting the decision of Khaps. If any Khap has given any suggestion on girl´s marriage then the government should consider the matter," Chautala told media.
"We do not support or condemn anyone´s statements," he said.
"The Khap has made a suggestion. Now, it is up to the Haryana government to decide if they want to go forward with it," Chautala said.
Chautala on Wednesday triggered controversy as he backed the opinion given by the council of village elders to prevent rape incidents in the state.
"One should learn from the past. In the Mughal era people used to marry off their small girls at an early age in order to save them from Mughal atrocities. A similar situation is currently arising in the state," Chautala told reporters on Wednesday.