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Khap Panchayats can’t interfere in marriages of adults: Supreme Court

The Supreme Court held that every adult has right to marry anyone and nobody including parents, khap panchayats or similar associations can question their choice of spouse.

It also ruled that any kind of attack and interference on such adults opting for marriage, especially inter-caste marriage as ‘absolutely illegal’. The case has been listed for further hearing in February 2018.

SC Ruling

The apex court asked Central Government to give its response on suggestions given by senior advocate on ways to prevent harassment and killing of young couples in name of family honour who opt for inter-caste marriages. It also issued strict direction to government to control such attacks. It also warned Central Government that if it does not act towards banning Khap Panchayats then, it will step in.

Background

The SC was hearing petition filed against khap panchayats by NGO Shakti Vahini in 2010 seeking directions to Centre and state governments for preventing honour crimes. Earlier it had sought suggestions from Shakti Vahini, amicus curiae and khap panchayats on the issue. It also had invited khap panchayats to hear their views before issuing order to stop them from harassing and killing couples and women in the name of honour.

Khaps Panchayats

Khaps are caste or community organisations representing clan or group of related clans. They frequently make pronouncements on social issues and have often landed in controversies owing to their diktats.

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From Mr. and Mrs. Smith to Mr. and Mrs. Pitt: Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie married

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have finally tied the knot after 9 years of togetherness, 6 kids and over 2 years of engagement. The ceremony which was a highly private affair took place on August 23, 2014 in presence of close family i.e. their kids and friends at the own Chateau Miraval, France.
The couple’s six children-Maddox 13, Pax 10, Zahara 9, Shiloh 8 and twins Vivienne and Knox 6, all became part of the most important ceremony of their lives. The kids, it is reported played very important roles during the ceremony which is said to be brought into reality after much insistence from them. Maddox and Pax actually walked Jolie down the aisle, while Zahara and Vivienne threw rose petals. Shiloh and Knox served as ring bearers. The presence of their kids on their wedding made it even more special for the couple.
Pitt and Jolie had both been married before. This is Pitt’s second marriage after his divorce with “Friends” star Jennifer Anniston from 2000-2005. For Angelina, its her third wedding. She was first married to Johny Lee Miller from 1996-1999 and then Billy Bob Thronton from 2000-2003.
The marriage is said to be presided over by a judge from California who also gave them the marriage licence. The affair which had always made news as many things were open, actually made the most important day in their lives a secret affair. The couple made the decision after a strong push from the kids. They had come together on the sets of Mr. and Mrs. Smith in which they played a married couple who were actually hired to kill each-other. Their on-screen chemistry let the box office rolling as it was widely acclaimed. The couple who developed an off-camera real-time romance and came together for a first photo-shoot in 2005 for a magazine titled, “ Domestic bliss”. They have stayed together since them, sharing love and respect.

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