Hindustan Times (Jalandhar)

Khaps say they will con­tinue op­pos­ing same-go­tra mar­riages

- HT Cor­re­spon­dent let­ter­schd@hin­dus­tan­times.com Casteism · Society · Discrimination · Human Rights · Haryana · Haryana · Rohtak

RO­HTAK : Even as the Supreme Court on Tues­day termed as com­pletely il­le­gal the act of khap pan­chay­ats at­tack­ing adult cou­ples go­ing in for in­ter-caste mar­riages, khaps across the state said they never had any prob­lem in in­ter-caste mar­riages, but main­tained that they would not al­low samego­tra (clan) mar­riages to take place.

“Check any vil­lage in Haryana, you will find at least 10 in­ter-caste mar­riages. We have never ob­jected to it. In fact, we have been sup­port­ing it from a long time. We only pro­hibit that a man should not marry in his or his mother’s go­tra be­cause that would be im­pure. It is med­i­cally con­firmed. We also pro­hibit mar­ry­ing in nearby vil­lages since we think chil­dren in con­nect­ing vil­lages are broth­ers and sis­ters,” said Bal­jeet Ma­lik, pres­i­dent of Ma­lik khap, one of the largest in the coun­try.

. “It is ab­so­lutely fair for us to not al­low same-go­tra mar­riages. South In­di­ans, who don’t un­der­stand our cul­ture and tra­di­tions here, have been op­pos­ing us, call­ing us re­gres­sive, said San­tosh Dahiya, pres­i­dent of the women wing of Jat Sarv Khap Ma­ha­pan­chayat.

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