| TNN | Updated: Feb 5, 2018, 11:58 IST

Highlights

  • The SC said when 2 adults get married, it was for the law to declare the marriage null and void
  • Khaps, or anyone else, the top court said, cannot resort to violence against the couple
  • The SC also said it is considering appointing a high-level police committee to devise ways to protect couples

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court (SC) today had harsh words for ‘khap’ Panchayats taking the law into their own hands with so-called honour killings, and strongly urged the Centre to protect couples from such ‘khap’ actions.

The apex court also told the ‘khaps’ they cannot become “self-appointed conscience keepers” when there is a law and there are courts to deal with marriages that may be prohibited by law.

The SC further said when two adults get married, it was for the law to declare the marriage null and void and khaps cannot resort to violence against the couple.

The top court said it is considering appointing a high-level police committee to devise ways to protect couples who get married in inter-caste, inter-faith, or similarly “opposed” alliances. The committee will be mandated to keep couples safe from any violence directed by ‘khaps’, Panchayats, parents and relatives.

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