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SC to Centre: Protect couples from 'conscience keepers' like khaps

The apex court told the Khap Panchayat to "not become conscience keepers" as the "law will take its own course"

ANI  |  New Delhi 

Supreme Court

The on Monday cracked a whip against Panchayats in connection with cases pertaining to so called

The apex court told the Panchayat to "not become conscience keepers" as the "law will take its own course".

Meanwhile, the top court asked the and petitioners to come up with effective suggestions for the protection of couples from Panchayats.

While hearing the matter, the apex court told the advocate representing Panchayats that "it is the courts to decide, if marriages are legally valid or not."

It also pulled up the Panchayats for taking the law into their own hands in the name of so called

Earlier on January 16, the apex court rapped the for failing to prevent attacks on couples, who did inter-caste marriages.

The three-judge bench, headed by of India (CJI) Dipak Misra, said, "If the does not act against Panchayats, then the court will step in."

The apex court also observed that "no Panchayat or society can question" if an adult man and woman opt for an inter-caste marriage.

First Published: Mon, February 05 2018. 16:36 IST
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