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Khap panchayats meet for early marriages

Source : IBNS
Last Updated: Sat, Oct 13, 2012 10:36 hrs

Sonepat: Haryana's Sarva Khap Jat Panchayat, the umbrella body of khap panchayats across the state, is expected to convene on Saturday to discuss a suggestion of lowering the marriage age for girls to counter rising incidents of rape in the state.

Even though khaps, which have been widely blamed for incidents of honour killings, have no legal sanction but often function like kangaroo courts and issue social diktats that are enforced in the villages.

In a meeting called at Sonipat, 40 kms from Delhi, the council will discuss the marriage issue and measures to compel the government into lowering the age bar in order in the state where at least 19 rapes have been reported in the past 30 days.

Representatives of around 100 khaps across the state are expected to attend the meeting to share their opinion and to present their proposals on the issue.

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