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Khap Panchayats in Haryana: Sites of Legal Pluralism
Khap Panchayats in Haryana: Sites of legal pluralism

The Khap1 Panchayat, like the caste system and joint family systems, is a traditional institution engaged primarily in dispute resolution and in regulating the behaviour of individuals or groups in rural North India. While the smaller issues are taken up by the village panchayats, the Khap Panchayats resolve disputes of wider concern within their operative territory. Sometimes active in the political sphere, they have mainly been confined to social issues. Historically speaking, the Khap Panchayats are very old. But they attracted the attention of scholars only when the electronic media highlighted certain of their decisions which violated the human rights of individuals. These decisions were mainly related to marriages which ...

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