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Rajasthan: Homework is on for Khap bill

DNA   |  Oct 24, 2012, 05:43AM IST
Jaipur: It is common to hear from Khap panchayats that a girl should not wear jeans as it entices boys or should not use mobile phones which provoke her for wrongdoings. And recently, a Khap panchayat said that chowmein is enticing people to rape, so it should not be eaten. 
 
Cases of honour killings are also rising due to obnoxious dictates of Khap panchayats. But now to rein in such kangaroo courts, the Rajasthan’s State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) is planning to recommend the government to bring a bill on the orders of Khap panchayats. 
 
If this bill is okayed, then Rajasthan would be the first state where a Khap panchayat bill would be implemented. The commission officials are studying the nature of Khap panchayat-related cases which took place in recent times across the state. Thereafter, they will draft some provisions and recommend state government to make a stringent bill on the issue. 
 
 SHRC Deputy Registrar RK Ashwani told DNA, “We are studying around 25 cases in which Khap panchayats had imposed inhumane sections on people in their respective areas in Rajasthan. Such cases have taken place in large numbers in the western parts of state.” 
 
MK Devarajan, a member of SHRC, said, “It is a serious issue and we are devising ways to deal with such acts of panchayats. Such incidents are taking place frequently in Bharatpur division. As we are still studying the cases, we cannot say what recommendations we would put forth to the government.” 
 
A senior official said, “Because of the social impact of the bill, the commission wants to study all aspects related to the issue and wants to check ground realities too. So on November 1, Devarajan will visit Udaipur and Jodhpur in this regard.”
 
However, the commission officials added that the work is in the initial stage only and they would take time to prepare the recommendations and send it to the government.
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