High Court: Inter-Caste marriages should be promoted to uproot caste system and eradicate social bias

The order passed by Justice N Anand Venkatesh observed that “In fact, many thinkers believe that intercaste marriage is the only panacea to root out the evil of caste system.”

“These are days where the younger generation is slowly moving out of ill-effects of the caste system and that is the reason for a lot of intercaste marriages that are happening in the society. These changes must be accepted by the elders and this change infact good for the society in rooting out the caste system.”

The order was announced while hearing a petition of a couple who had entered into an inter-caste marriage earlier this month. The couple reportedly got married despite opposition from the bride’s family and when the police failed to act on their complaint, the petitioners were constrained to approach the High Court.

According to a report, the court has directed the police to warn the opposing family against interfering with the married life of the petitioners.

The Court added if in case the threats continue the police should provide necessary protection to the couple and the husband’s family. The couple currently resides with the husband’s family.

Inter-caste marriage : SC orders to protect newly-wed

Inter-caste marriage : SC orders to protect newly-wed
Inter-caste marriage : SC orders to protect newly-wed

The Supreme Court today asked the Haryana police to provide security to a newly-wed couple against whom a ‘khap panchayat’ in Faridabad has issued diktat for having an inter-caste marriage.

A vacation bench of justices Prafulla C Pant and Amitava Roy also asked Haryana Police and its Delhi counterpart to file response within four weeks to the petition filed by the couple.

Ashish, working in the nephrology department of AIIMS and his wife Bharti, who claims to be a major, had moved the apex court seeking protection from their kin, apprehending threat to their lives for having an inter-caste marriage.

The petition, filed through lawyer Sugriv Dubey, said that the girl was an adult and had solemnised marriage with Ashish, a resident of Uttar Pradesh, in an Arya Samaj temple as per Hindu rites against the wishes of her family.

The girl, hailing from Haryana, was residing “happily with her husband in Faridabad”, the plea said and claimed that her parents, on the directions of a ‘khap panchayat’, were trying kill her and her husband.

Khap panchayats, prevalent in northern India, are village councils generally dominated by members of a single clan or caste.

The couple has claimed they had approached the police in Faridabad seeking protection, but did not get any support.

“The petitioner had intimated the SHO, Faridabad that they will be murdered as a khap of Haryana has decided to get them eliminated, but the police have not taken any step,” the plea alleged.

Madras HC orders police protection to Rajasthan girl who fears honour killing

The Madras high court on Friday ordered police protection, if necessary, to a Rajasthan girl who apprehended honour killing at the hands of her own family members.

Manju, 19, married a Tamil youth from Coimbatore in April this year and she was taken to Rajasthan by her parents by force later.
A division bench of the court on Friday permitted Manju to go with her husband, C Sudhagar of Coimbatore.

Manju said she married Sudhagar in April, but they were separated by her parents. After she was taken to Rajasthan by force, Sudhagar filed a habeas corpus petition in the high court. However, on July 10, she told the judges that she wanted to go with her parents not with husband. Now, in a new petition, the girl said she was forced to make such a statement before the judges by her family members, who threatened to file criminal cases against the couple and get them jailed.

On Friday, a division bench of honour killing, recalling their earlier orders, said: “In the light of the categorical statement of Manju that she wanted to be with her husband, who is a petitioner here, nothing further remains to be considered in the matter.”

Since she and her husband apprehend danger at the hand of her parents, it is open to them to give a complaint to police where they are residing, the judges said, adding, “on such complaint being received, the station house officer concerned shall look into the complaint and take action as per law and if necessary, provide protection to them since their marriage is an inter-caste marriage.”

Manju’s parents, who had been summoned to the court, informed the judges on Friday that they were not interested in pursuing the matter in view of the change in the attitude of their daughter.

Her counsel informed the court that both she and her husband appeared before the sub-registrar at Chennai north on July 17, and formally registered their marriage held on April 13, 2014.


We are against honour killing, dress code for women: Khap to SC

Khap panchayats, which have come under judicial scrutiny for their diktats, have submitted to the Supreme Court that they do not pass any order for honour killing and are against any ban for use of mobile phones and wearing of jeans by women.

In an affidavit filed in the apex court, Sarvjatiya Sarv Khap Panchayat submitted that it has never violated law by passing such orders.

It, however, told it has reservation in same gotra (sub-caste) marriage and submitted that Hindu Marriage Act for debarring such marriages.

“The Sarvjatiya Sarv Khap Panchayat strongly condemns the honour killings and fully assures the administration to assist it in bringing the culprits to book. The Sarv Khap Panchayat also condemns the ban or fatwa etc, regarding the use of mobile and jeans etc, by women/girls as the panchayat respects the rights of individuals,” the affidavit told.

It said decisions are taken by khap panchayats like out-of court justice like Lok Adalats and they deliver justice to poor and illiterate people who cannot approach courts.

“Most of the people residing in interior parts are poor and illiterate and have no means to approach the court of law and therefore, they seek justice through their respective khap panchayat/sarv khap panchayat/sarv jatiya sarv khap panchayat,” according to it.

The affidavit was filed in compliance of apex court’s order directing various khap panchayats to respond to a PIL seeking its intervention in restraining them in passing diktats against women.

Earlier, the apex court had said khap panchayats’ diktat on dress code for women and asking them not to carry mobiles is unlawful.

The PIL was filed by NGO Sahakti Vahini seeking court’s direction to the government to take action against khap panchayats for allegedly harassing and killing couples, particularly women in name of family’s honour for entering into inter-caste or intra-gotra marriages.

The apex court posted the PIL for final hearing on March 5.