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Khap Panchayats' diktat on inter-caste marriages illegal: SC

Last Modified Tuesday, 16 January 2018 (14:43 IST)
New Delhi: The on Tuesday said that any adult man or woman can opt for inter-caste marriage and cannot question it.A three-judge bench of the apex court, headed by (CJI) Dipak Misra and also comprising Justices AM Khanwilkar and DY Chandrachud, said, "If the central government does not enact a law to protect couples vulnerable because of the nature of their marriage, the SC will evolve a principle and lay down guidelines."The apex court also observed, adult girl or adult man can enter into marriage. "No Panchayat, no society, parents can stop them," while hearing a petition filed by an NGO, Shakti Vahini, against Khap panchayats.

The apex court also made it clear that it was a 2010 matter and said the government has not filed its suggestions yet. "You don't take these matters seriously," a bench of the top court headed by Misra told the (Additional Solicitor-General) Pinky Anand.It also said that no Panchayat or Khap can summon an adult boy or an adult girl regarding a marriage alliance of their choice and decide punishing them.Amicus Curiae (Friend of the Court) Raju Ramachandran told the apex court bench that the Law Commission had recommended enacting a law to protect couples going for inter-caste marriages but the government was lethargically taking views of the state governments.(UNI)
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