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  • 'We will stop producing girls if our traditions will be questioned'


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    Right after a day when the apex court harshly came down on Khap panchayat and asked the Centre to take the stand to protect inter-faith and inter-caste couples, khap leaders have threatened to "not give birth to girls at all" if the judiciary passes judgments on their traditions, as per media reports.

    "We do respect the SC but cannot take such decisions on interference in our age-old traditions. If these kinds of orders are passed by the Supreme Court, we will stop producing girls or won't let them study so much that they start taking their own decisions. Just think, what will happen to society if girls become lesser and lesser in numbers?" The Times of India quoted Naresh Tikait, head of Balyan Khap, as saying.

    The report quoted Rajbir Singh Malik, head of Malik Khap, as saying, "Maybe the Supreme Court has taken this stand influenced by the vulgar exhibition of modernity in cosmopolitan cities, but they must understand that village life is different, and we are bound by our traditions."

    On Monday, Chief Justice Dipak Mishra said, "If people decide to marry, they are adults and you are nobody to interfere," in response to a plea seeking to ban khap panchayats and establish guidelines regulating their authority, Livemint reported.

    (With agency inputs)

  • Inter-faith/caste marriage: Nobody should interfere if the 2 ready to marry says SC

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    The Supreme Court of India on Monday firmly stood on the decision on "inter-faith/caste" marriages, says "no one should be allowed to interfere in marraige of two consenting adults."

    A three judge bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Justice DY chandrachud and Justice AM Khanwilkar said, "Where two consenting adults agree to enter into matrimony, no individual rights, group rights or collective rights shall interfere therein or harass the couple," 

    When the lawyer appearing for Khap Panchayats (Caste Panchayat) objected over marriages between Sapindas (same gotra marriage), said that they are considered siblings, the CJI retorted countered, "Who are you to interfere?"

    "Don't be conscience keepers. If two adults want to get married nobody should interfere," said the Court.

    The hearing comes at a time when Delhi is till recovering from the shock over the killing of a 23-year-old Ankit Saxena by the family of his Muslim girlfriend.

    The murder was raised before the judges, but the CJI said immediately, "Do not get into it. That case is not before us," reported NDTV.

    Earlier, while hearing the same petion, the apex court had termed as "absolutely illegal" any attack by khap panchayats or associations against an adult man and woman opting for inter- caste marriage.

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    The apex court had sought suggestions from an NGO 'Shakti Vahini', amicus curiae and 'Khap Panchayats' on the issue.

    Khaps are caste or community organisations in villages which at times act as quasi-judicial bodies and pronounce harsh punishments based on regressive and age-old customs and traditions. The NGO had moved the top court in 2010 seeking directions to the central and state governments to prevent and control honour crimes by taking a number of measures.

    The apex court had also invited 'Khap Panchayats' to hear their views before issuing any order to stop them from harassing and killing couples and women in the name of honour.

    The Centre had pleaded with the apex court to put in place a mechanism to monitor crimes against women by Khap Panchayats, as the police was not able to protect women facing ordeal at their hands. The top court had also said that as a pilot project, it would examine the situation in three districts of Haryana and Uttar Pradesh where Khap Panchayats were active.

    (With agency Inputs)

  • Madras HC extends stay on Centre's order regulating cattle trade

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    The Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court has extended its stay against the Central Government order regulating cattle trade in the country until further orders.Hearing a batch of petitions against the May 23 order by the Union Government that put restrictions on cattle trade for slaughter, the court granted an interim stay of four weeks.

  • SC agrees to hear plea of CBI or SIT probe into murder of 7-year-old boy at Gurugram School

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    Supreme Court today agreed to hear the plea of a father whose seven-year-old son was found murdered in Gurugram's Ryan International School last week. Varun Thakur is seeking investigation by the CBI or SIT into the case. 

    The matter was mentioned before a bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra which said the plea would be heard today subject to clearance by the apex court registry.

  • SC tells TN govt to use NEET as only basis for admissions to medical colleges

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    The Supreme Court has told the Tamil Nadu government to use the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) as the only basis for admissions to medical colleges in the state. 

    A bench, headed by Justice Dipak Misra, yesterday directed the state government to start counselling for admissions for MBBS and BDS seats based on the NEET merit list and complete the process by the 4th of next month. The court's direction came after the Centre told the bench that it was not in favour of the recent ordinance passed by Tamil Nadu to exempt it from NEET this year.

  • Supreme Court refuses to stay CS Karnan’s six month sentence


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    New Delhi:Justice Karnan, who was finally arrested yesterday in Coimbatore in Tamil Nadu will be taken to Kolkatta’s presidency Jail today.  Supreme Court has refused to stay his six-month sentence or grant him bail.

  • Supreme Court restrains JP Infratech from declaring bankruptcy

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    Recently, the National Company Law Tribunal initiated the process of declaring JP Infratech as a bankrupt. This decision was challenged by the JP Group in the Supreme Court and now the Supreme Court has stayed the decision of the National Company Law Tribunal. Its direct meaning is that now the process of declaring bankruptcy of JP Infratech has to stop.

    This decision of the Supreme Court has given the relief to the buyers. Investors have also taken the relief. The process of declaring bankruptcies is quite long. Under this, JP Infratech was received 270 days time. The company was told that it would improve its economic status during this period. If the company succeeds in improving its economic condition then it will not be declared bankruptcy.

  • Supreme Court to become partially paperless from today

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    New Delhi: Supreme Court has made all preparations to implement an ambitious project to make the apex court paperless.

  • Supreme Court: Demonetization can’t ban people from depositing old notes


    The Reserve Bank of India and the Centre have been given two weeks by the Apex court to decide regarding giving grace time to people with genuine reasons to deposit the old Rs 1000, 500notes. “You can’t take away my money if I was terminally ill”, the Supreme Court bench said to reason its decision.