New Delhi: Terming 'khap panchayat' as illegal and honour killing as "barbaric and shameful", the Supreme Court on Tuesday said these should be stamped out "ruthlessly" and asked states to suspend district magistrates and SPs concerned if they failed to act against the offenders.
A bench of justices Markandeya Katju and Gyan Sudha Mishra said in a judgement that the new trends of kangaroo courts, honour killings, 'khap panchayaths' in northern India and 'katta panchayats' in Tamil Nadu were barbaric and illegal, the perpetrators of which required the harshest punishment.
"We have in recent years heard of 'khap panchayats' (known as 'katta panchayats' in Tamil Nadu) which often decree or encourage honour killings or other atrocities in an institutionalised way on boys and girls of different castes and religion, who wish to get married or have been married, or interfere with the personal lives of people.
"We are of the opinion that this is wholly illegal and has to be ruthlessly stamped out. There is nothing honourable in honour killing or other atrocities and, in fact, it is nothing but barbaric and shameful murder. Other atrocities in respect of personal lives of people committed by brutal, feudal-minded persons deserve harsh punishment," Justice Katju said writing the judgement.