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Khap panchayats have no legal sanctity, says Yogendra Yadav
Feb 2, 2014 01:06 AM , By Gargi Parsai | 9 comments
Yogendra Yadav
Yogendra Yadav

Clarifying its stand on khap panchayats, the Aam Aadmi Party on Saturday said any organisation that sought to use coercion, violated the law and defended murders was “absolutely unconstitutional.”

“Khap panchayats have no legal sanctity and if they try to resolve disputes by listening to only one community or by coercion, then we as a party do not accept that,” chief spokesman Yogendra Yadav said here.

Expressing “surprise” at the ‘spin’ in the media put on his remarks on khap panchayats in Haryana, Mr. Yadav said: “All castes and communities have social organisations for internal dispute resolution but no coercion can be permitted. The law of the land is supreme and a murder is a murder.”

Mr. Yadav was answering questions on his party’s stand.

“Rights include rights to equality. Gender equality is a fundamental constitutional right as also non-discrimination on the basis of castes.” Mr. Yadav, who is tipped to contest the Lok Sabha elections from Haryana, said most disputes before panchayats were not only inter-caste but also involved the young generation versus the old. “We believe nobody has any business to tell another person how to dress, who to talk to and who to marry.”

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  • these kind of activities are increasing in some regions of India. it may be due to lack of proper education . So these peoples should be enlightened with the light of wisdom, till then these so called panchayat should be punished for their unlawful activities.
    From: chandramohan
    Posted: Feb 4, 2014 at 17:28 IST
  • I do really appreciate and sincerly supporting Leaders to be bold to speak the truth. Thanks.
    From: chandramohan
    Posted: Feb 4, 2014 at 14:19 IST
  • ("Most disputes before panchayats were not only inter-caste but also involved the young generation versus the old. “We believe nobody has any business to tell another person how to dress, who to talk to and who to marry.”) - I agree with this and love the most..
    From: Vinay Kumar V Nayak
    Posted: Feb 3, 2014 at 23:25 IST
  • Shameless and Spinless...arguments...puts even Rahul Gandhi to same for not clearly answering to a pointed question
    From: Murugesh
    Posted: Feb 3, 2014 at 22:06 IST
  • Anyone who says Mr. Yadav is not clear in his stand has not understood his point at all. There are gatherings and local rules and regulations in many communities across the world. I am from the North East of India and I know many issues are solved in villages by the village heads and through mutual cooperation and respect, including issues like divorce. People don't need to go to a court. This is something the urban born and educated folks may find difficult to understand. The panchayats by themselves are not social evils. The panchayats and village heads may have become notorious over time. The cause of that should be looked into. Let it not be the case of throwing the baby with the bathwater.
    From: Natasha
    Posted: Feb 3, 2014 at 21:57 IST
  • Sexually appealing dresses and behaviors should be banned in public places. I agree with everything else pointed out in this article. because when we try to adopt this kind of western behaviours and dressing,the love in the relationships would casually decrease in future. or sometimes little fights in married lives can end up in divorces. everyone would many times be tempted to think about alternate relationships. mostly such dressings and behaviours are common in corporate culture and many consider it as a sense of modernism. you may doubt me as an 18th century person.I mirror the same to you.I wonder why Indians are still proud to act like foreigners. I guess many American kids are already victimized by the separation of their parents because of this kind of over liberty. India's tradition and culture has some values too. understand,rectify,improve & implement it according the today's scenario,this is real modernism. people have all rights to talk/dress/marry, but not misbehaviour.
    From: Dinakaran Babu
    Posted: Feb 3, 2014 at 21:31 IST
  • The very basic necessity to kill a social evil is to first acknowledge its existence and bring it to book. I think AAP will want to make khaps open and running freely and as soon as they do something bad as we all fear they will do, they have a chance to get them red handed. But I fear if their experiment will fail, then there is a lot at stake.
    From: K.Prashant
    Posted: Feb 3, 2014 at 1:43 IST
  • This brief explanation and justification by Yogendra Yadav for existence of Khap speaks volumes about his inability to take a stand on issues which could be detrimental to his vote bank politics. I sincerely thought an individual of his stature would have some conscience and would avoid stooping to such low levels to brighten his political standing in Haryana. Justifying Khap is political opportunism of the highest order just like many other political outfits have been doing. Especially at a time when Supreme Court of India has declared Khaps to be unconstitutional and asked them to be completely abolished and erased. After the kind of abominable crimes Khaps have conducted in the recent past against women and children, I sincerely think they have no reason to exist in the country. I do hope and believe that many other blind supporters would make an effort to raise this issue before continuing to support and before donating to #AAP.
    From: Gautam
    Posted: Feb 3, 2014 at 0:41 IST
  • Why khat interfere in people personal matters ? Rubbish. Let people live & do as they want to. Police & law is helpless , Caste system & reservation spoiled harmonic atmosphere.
    From: Dr arun Gupta
    Posted: Feb 2, 2014 at 20:44 IST