(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)
April 18, 2010
AIDWA Lambasts Khap Mahapanchayat’s Demands
IN a statement issued from
Murder under any name can never be justified, and the attempt by the khap panchayats to do so is violative of the rule of law in our country. The AIDWA has demanded that the murderers of couples like Manoj and Babli must be made accountable for their crime. Any attempt for justification under the guise of protecting the “tradition and culture,” as defined by these self-styled gatekeepers, has to be resolutely thwarted.
Moreover, the right of an adult to marry a person of one’s choice is a fundamental constitutional right that has to be zealously safeguarded from the regressive casteist elements who are trying to retain their hold on society by using threats and force.
The AIDWA statement also pointed out that the demand for amending the Hindu Code Bill to prevent same gotra marriages is a careful attempt to provide a seemingly scientific cover for what is in fact a challenge to the constitution. In many marriages where couples have been subjected to violence, the issue has not been one of gotra at all. The Haryana unit of AIDWA has intervened in many such cases, and found that most of the marital disputes were not because of marriages within the gotra or within the village yet the couples were thrown out of their villages and their parents were publicly humiliated. In some cases, this has been an excuse to drive away the concerned family to take over their land and property. The assertion of power over the community is a very blatant reason for this whole exercise.
Hence the AIDWA has called upon
all democratic forces
to meet such threats so that these regressive forces are not permitted
back what has been achieved by way of our legal entitlements. The state
must come forward to safeguard the legal rights of its citizens. On the
Ambedkar Jayanti Day this year, the AIDWA recalled Baba Saheb
historic attempts to enshrine gender and caste equality in the Indian
and pledged to carry forward the struggle for securing our democratic