Khaps oppose death penalty for rapists

Opposing the demand for death penalty for rapists, Khaps in Haryana on Sunday said that no law should be introduced in a hurry which can be misused.

Speaking at a village here, Khap leader Sube Singh said that the authorities should not be carried away by emotions in the wake of the public protests over the gangrape issue and demand for death penalty for rapists. "We have seen the anti-dowry Act and the SC/ST Act being misused. Any new law which gives such harsh punishment would also be vulnerable to misuse," Singh said.

Khaps or caste panchayats have in the past drawn flak for opposing marriages in the same sect and their diktats on moral policing.

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