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Khap orders women to stay home after dark to remain 'safe'
A Khap Panchayat comprising of 36 clans came together to issue a number of diktats to keep their womenfolk 'safe'. Besides other diktats, the list also asked women to stop using mobile phones on the streets and by-lanes.

THE KHAP Panchayat held in Civil Aviation Minister Ajit Singh’s Baghpat constituency has found the 'perfect solution' to lower the rate of eve teasing and violence against women in their community.

According to a diktat, they have declared that no woman under the age of 40 years should go out of her house without a head scarf and no woman (no age defined) should leave her house after sunset without a male escort. In this strange diktat, women have also been asked to shun the use of mobile phones outside their homes. How that would make them safe is an answer only these people can answer.

As reported in an NNIS video, the Taliban-like diktat was passed yesterday when 36 clans met. Love marriages is a big no no in these parts of India and again they emphasized how love marriages were actually harming the society. Mohkam Khan one of the Khap Panchayat memebrs said, “Love marriage is a social evil. If people who have married out of love stay in the village then it would give rise to negativities and so it is better for them to live outside.”

In other words they would banish those couples from their homeland. When asked whether the people who marry for love would be punished or not, he said no and added, “They would be told politely.” As numerous past experiences have told us that nothing of the sort happens and couples who marry according their own choice become an outcast and are awarded nothing but torture and sufferings.

Much to the surprise of women in these villages, whatever decisions are made by the elders of the village are made for their own good and they (women) could do nothing against it. When asked if they feel restricted by these diktats, a teenaged girl says, “Whatever decisions have been made, we have no objection to it as these diktats are for our own good.”

The only positive in the entire meet was that these people also spoke against the dowry system and branded it as an evil.

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