Mumbai. The Maharashtra government has made rules to prevent honor killings, ‘Khap Panchayat’ decrees, mob lynchings and violence. Also, the Director General of Police has been asked to apprise the state forces about these rules. Giving information about the matter, an official said that the rules mentioned in a Government Resolution (GR) issued on Thursday are in line with the recommendations of the Supreme Court on the issue.
In GR it is instructed that Maharashtra The police stations of the U.K. should exercise caution on receiving information about the occurrence of inter-caste or inter-religious marriages in their respective jurisdictions. It also said that ‘Khap Panchayats’ and similar organizations should be informed to the district and police authorities and law enforcing agencies should keep in touch with the members of these organizations and inform them that the law According to this such meetings are not allowed.
Instructions to the local police to be alert
According to the GR, ‘The local police should be vigilant and if necessary, they should also ban such meetings. According to this, if the meeting is held despite the ban, it should be done in the presence of the Deputy Superintendent of Police and the participants should be told that no decision should be taken to disturb the concerned loving couple or their families. The GR states that the police will have to videograph such meetings and criminal cases will be registered against the decision-makers who violate the rules.
According to the government resolution, if the meeting of a Khap Panchayat or any such organization cannot be legally prohibited and if there is an apprehension that the life of the loving couple is in danger, then prohibitory orders under Section 144 of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC). should be released and the participants should be arrested as per the proposal.
Responsibility of investigation on local authorities
Apart from arrest under the provisions of the IPC, the remedial measures would include protection to the loving couple and their families. According to the government proposal, complaints of lovers about threats from relatives, community members and bodies like khap panchayats should be investigated by the local authorities and a report should be submitted within a week and the threats should be brought against them. Case should be registered under section 151 of CrPC.
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Police officers who do not comply with these rules knowingly or negligently may face penal action including departmental inquiry under the service rules. It has been emphasized in the resolution that water cannon and tear gas should be used to control the crowd. Also the attackers should be arrested on the spot.
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FIRST PUBLISHED : October 21, 2022, 18:42 IST