Terming it as a courageous move, Singh also said, ''Incidents of honour killings have taken place owing to khap norms on marriages. Cases of female foeticide have also led us to take this decision.''
This reform being significant, represents the first moderation in the hitherto unyielding opposition of khaps to inter-caste and inter-village marriages. These rules have led to honour killings, suicides, persecution of couples and caste conflicts in rural belts, and even forced bachelors to get brides from other states. The largest number of killings have occurred owing to inter-caste marriages, followed by same gotra marriages, followed by same-village (42 village radius) marriages.
Sunil Jaglan, Sarpanch of Bibipur said, ''The decision would see long lasting results. Everybody here is glad with the news and looking forward to it. It was the need of time and people.''
As quoted by ToI, Neelam Jain, a research scholar in Delhi University who has worked in several Haryana villages has termed it as a progressive decision and an initiative to weed out social wrongs created by misconceptions and misunderstandings.
Jaglan added, ''It will help in building a good bond between the khaps now. The rate of divorce cases have been rising in Haryana, so maybe it would help in lessening them. People brought woman from outside the region, which created a sort of uncanny in the family.''
With almost every other khap panchayat accepting the change, there are few who feel that this change could destroy the culture and integrity.
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