Honour killing hearing: SC refuses to take note of Ankit Saxena's case

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The court said during the previous hearing that khap panchayat can not threaten adults for marrying each other.

The lawyer said the khap had been performing its duties as the conscience keeper of society. "No one, either individual or collective, or group, has the right to interfere with the marriage".

The bench has now fixed the PIL filed by NGO Shakti Vahini for a further hearing next Friday.

The apex court said it was contemplating appointing a high-level police committee to devise ways and means to protect couples married inter-caste, inter-faith, or similarly opposed alliances and keep them safe from any violence directed by Khaps, panchayats, parents and relatives.

They are known to oppose marriages based on caste and religion which has often resulted in honour killings.

Asking the Narendra Modi government to concoct "compelling proposals" regarding the assurance of couples over different instances of "respect killings" and different types of mistreatment requested by the "khap panchayats", the Supreme Court asked how these self-named courts came up in any case. "We are not concerned with khaps. Whether marriage is good or bad or is it advisable, we are out of it", the top court added.

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. "Who are you to interfere?", asked CJI Dipak Misra. According to Hindu Marriage Act, 1955, two persons are said to be sapindas of each other if one is a lineal ascendant of the other within the limits of sapinda relationship, or if they have a common lineal ascendant who is within the limits of sapinda relationship with reference to each of them.

The Supreme Court on Monday said that it would appoint a committee to protect couples entering into inter-caste marriages.

The murder was raised before the judges, but the CJI said immediately, "Do not get into it". "Do not get into it". Saxena was attacked and stabbed to death on a busy road near his home.



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