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The apex court told the Khap Panchayat to "not become conscience keepers" as the "law will take its own course".
While hearing the matter, the apex court told the advocate representing Khap Panchayats that "it is the courts to decide, if marriages are legally valid or not."
Earlier on January 16, the apex court rapped the Centre for failing to prevent attacks on couples, who did inter-caste marriages.
The apex court also observed that "no Khap Panchayat or society can question" if an adult man and woman opt for an inter-caste marriage.