Haryana chief minister stirred yet another controversy on Sunday when he said that the notorious Khap Panchayats were a “useful instrument” of society particularly in carrying out social reforms.
Khattar said that ‘one or two mistakes’ didn’t make them wrong.
Stressing that there was no proposal to ban Khap Panchayats, Khattar told PTI, “They are not formed by the government. These Khap Panchayats are there for the last 800 years. These Panchayats have been made by the people of those areas only. They have carried out various social reforms such as fighting against dowry system, they worked for Beti Bachao Beti Padhao and gender ratio.”
“I rather feel it is a useful instrument of society. It is not as if they indulge in something, which is wrong. Khap is a big Panchayat,” he said.
Haryana’s Khap Panchayats have always grabbed headlines for wrong reasons as they are often accused of promoting violence, breaking law and order situation and promoting “honour killings and bizarre diktats.
On various controversies that have cropped up over Khap Panchayats’ diktats, Khattar said, “One or two mistakes or incidents don’t make Khap Panchayats wrong as a whole. Even human beings and institutions commit mistakes. Khap Panchayats have a strength of their own.”