Agencies, New Delhi
The Supreme Court has made a strong comment while hearing a petition seeking a ban on honor killings, ie honor killings, in the name of false Shan. During the hearing on the petition, Chief Justice Deepak Mishra remarked that no third person has the right to speak on it when two adults are getting married. Not only this, the Chief Justice said that the married couples who want to get married should also get complete protection.
“Whether it is parents, society or anyone, they are out of it. No one, either individual or collective, or group, has the right to interfere with the marriage,” Chief Justice Misra said.
The strong observation from the court came as counsel defending the role of Khap Panchayat told the court that they were not opposed to inter-caste or inter-religious marriages but were advancing the centuries-old tradition prohibiting marriages within the ‘sapinda’ or ‘gotra’ (lineage).
The court was told that the khaps were strongly opposed to honour killings.
But Chief Justice Misra told the counsel said that if something was illegal or prohibited under law, then the law and the court will take care of it and not the khap panchayat.
“Don’t be a conscience-keeper,” Chief Justice Misra said as counsel said that the khap panchayats are a “conscience-keeper”.
The court’s observation came in the course of the hearing of a more than seven year old plea by NGO Shakti Vahani urging the court to step in to curb the phenomenon of “honour killings” and the violation of human rights and dignity by extra-constitutional bodies like the khap panchayats.
In the last hearing of the matter on January 16, senior counsel amnd amicus curiae Raju Ramachandran had filed the suggestions to curb the tendency of interfering in the marriage of two adults and the court had also asked the Centre to examine them and give their views on them.
The court on Monday directed the listing of the matter on February 16 for further consideration of the suggestions.