Three Khap Panchayats, including members of more than 70 villages in Haryana, have warned parents of an Army Jawan, who was allegedly murdered last year, of “social boycott” and “dire consequences” if they didn’t withdraw a complaint in which they have alleged their daughter-in-law of killing their son.
Balwan Singh and his wife, parents of Pawan Singh, on Tuesday approached the Punjab and Haryana High Court seeking police protection from the Khap Panchayat members.
The Khap Panchayats have allegedly ordered the parents to withdraw a complaint they filed in a Jind court demanding a probe into the murder of their son. The duo has been given 15 days’ time failing which “they will have to face dire consequences”.
The Khap orders came after the Indian Army authorities refused to grant benefits on account of the Jawan’s death to his wife or son till the finalisation of the criminal case submitted by the couple in the Jind court.
The Jawan’s parents have accused their daughter-in-law, a resident of Alewa village in Jind, and her alleged paramour of having poisoned their son in 2011 - they had got married in 2006 - when he came home on leave. The couple alleged that they gave a representation to the Superintendent of Police (SP), Jind, demanding probe into the murder, but to no avail.
They then submitted a complaint in a local court in Jind following which the Army authorities to withhold the benefits till the Jind court passed an order. Later, their daughter-in-law approached the Khap Panchayat members.
Alleging that the “Khap Panchayat members are behaving like the Taliban”, the couple alleged that they have been given 15 days to withdraw the complaint from the court. The petitioners also alleged that the Khap members are forcing the couple to assist their daughter-in-law in securing the benefits from Army on account of their son’s death. The orders were issued to the couple in a Panchayat held reportedly outside the District Court, Jind premises, close to the office of Deputy Commissioner.
In the petition filed in the high court, the parents have named eight Khap Panchayat members. Taking stock of the accusations levelled by the elderly couple, the court issued notices to Haryana Police, members of three Khap Panchayats and other respondents.