Haryana has the country's worst male-female sex ratio in the country. And it is so, for a reason - Female Foeticide. Apart from being infamous for ill treatment of girls, another thing that comes into our mind when we think about Haryana are Khap Panchayats, and of course its obnoxious rules for its people.
But in one of the rarest events, a Khap Panchayat has come forward to bring a positive change in the society. While, we cannot stop hailing the decision by an otherwise authoritarian institute, here is a quick list of what the panchayat has done-
- Shortened the mourning period after death of a family member
- Members in the bridegroom's procession to be 21
- No third child after two girls
- No dowry or only Rs 1 dowry to be given from the bride's family
While the measures have been taken to make things better in the region, there is still an existance of the panchayat's dictator-like attitude. While the fight should be to overthrow the democratically-unaffiliated bodies, people have no option but to appreciate whatever good they are doing.
They brought a substantial change in the system. Agreed and appreciated! But isn't it time when this non-governmental body is over-thrown? We are here talking about an institute, who has given diktats like asking a married couple to live like brothers and sisters, raping the sister of a brother who eloped and murdering young men and women in the disguise of following a culture.
What we see as a decision might bring about a positive change in the region, we need to take this into account that it was the call of the hour to bring in the natural order back in the state.
As a citizen of the largest democracy in the world, I would rather wait for the day when Khap Panchayats are overthrown than a day where we are at the mercy of these non-elected bodies.