Have no belief in Verma panel: Khaps

The Khaps in Haryana on Thursday slammed the Justice J S Verma Committee report that had termed them as extra-constitutional bodies, which needs to be checked. Heads of Khap panchayats had not submitted any suggestions to the Commission. The reason cited was that they did not feel the need to approach the Verma Commission, as they do not have much hopes in such panels.

Sube Singh, who heads the Samain khap and is also the coordinator of Sarvkhap Panchayat of Haryana, said: "What is the sanctity of such commissions? We have seen many such commissions in the past. These are nothing but the bodies constituted by the government to enforce their whims and fancies on the people. Whatever we say, we base it on our customs and traditions, which are required to keep the society intact."

"After the unfortunate Delhi gangrape incident, when we made statements that rape convicts should not be given the death penalty, everybody, including the media, painted us as criminals. Now, the same thing has been said by the Verma commission. Now, the government will accept the suggestion," he added.

Om Prakash Dhankar, who is the national secretary of Akhil Bhartiya Jat Aarakshan Sangharsh Samiti, said: "We never felt the need to submit our opinions to the Verma Commission, because we do not require it. Also, we were never invited by the Commission. The Supreme Court had asked Khaps to come forward and submit their views. We have done that."

He added: "These hold no importance as far as we are concerned. These commissions or courts have not been able to curb heinous crimes. We had said earlier as well that is only id the society threatens a person, he can be prevented from committing a crime."

Khap leader, Nafe Singh, who represents Binain khap, said: "We did not submit our suggestions to the Verma Commission, since nobody asked for our views. We do not feel the need to approach commissions demanding legal sanctities for our customs and traditions. Whatever we believe in, we follow."

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