Can anyone check these khaps please?
After hearing the non-committal replies of two young leaders Akhilesh Yadav and Jayant Choudhary, I am convinced that our political system is too fragile to restrain khaps and their diktats.
Rahul Gandhi, the third young leader from Uttar Pradesh, has usually preferred silence over raging controversial issues.
The onus lies on some seniors, some veterans, or some bright young gutsy fellows in the citizenry to check these khaps from controlling people’s personal lives. They can take stand on public issues but what we walk and talk is a fundamental right laid down in our Constitution. That the khaps are not above the Constitution is something their self-styled satraps as well as the politicians should know.
The united stand taken by khaps in Haryana against female foeticide should have been lauded louder by the media than the orders on love marriages. Again in Uttar Pradesh, khaps gave a call to people to wage a decisive war against female foeticide as it has reduced the sex ratio to an alarming point. They also demanded the state to book culprit doctors under the murder charge.
Somehow, a revolutionary decision on female foeticide, a bigger menace than use of cell phones or wearing jeans, got lost in the brouhaha over comparatively trivial issues.
Former director general of CBI Joginder Singh had recently demanded the state to take the initiative to frame laws — killing of child in womb should be treated as a murder. Nothing should stop Akhilesh from doing that. Who will oppose it ? I am sure none in the opposition parties now that the khaps are also singing the same tune.
It’s in the interest of the state. If he takes the initiative, others may follow.
Vote constraints apart, I am very sure Akhilesh or Jayant would only emerge as heroes if they together decided to take a stand against the dictatorship of these khaps who have suddenly gone active issuing orders against love marriages, mobile phones and jeans for girls. Their stock will only rise.
Sometimes a collective stand by young leaders on some issues would save their age group and this country from such unwarranted harassment. They will also win some admirers.
Hundreds of girls held a panchayat on Tuesday (Shivratri) in Dudhaheri village near Muzaffarnagar at which they adopted a dress code for themselves. I somehow wonder if they were pressured to do that. Thankfully, they wanted mobile phones, which is of bigger utility than bigger nails.
The panchayat was held at the residence of Sohanbeeri, a prominent lady worker of Bhartiya Kisan Union, and the participants were from Dudhaheri, Mansoorpur and Mohakampur villages. The girls felt that jeans and tops were not in line with Indian customs and were not needed.
However, I was impressed by Antim, a student from Dudhaheri village, who said: “now, since we have adopted our dress code, panchayats should issue a verdict for social conduct of boys.” She said panchayats should also order boys to treat girls as sister or daughter.
I wonder if khaps are listening to that!