From UP to UK: British MPs intervene in Khap Panchayat’s rape order of two sisters

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From UP to UK: British MPs intervene in Khap Panchayat’s rape order of two sisters


Constituency Digital Newspaper / Other   /   Sep 01, 2015
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Meerut: If this should be referred to as a moment of regret or disgust is not sure but in both instances this is condemnable. In a grossdisplay of apathy, a Khap panchayat in Baghpat district has decided on atypical punishment to be meted out to the two sisters. After their brothereloped with a married women from another caste, as a punishment for which thepanchayat ordered that the two sisters aged 23 and 15 years respectively beraped and paraded naked. However, while non of the India politicians consideredit important to condemn the violation of human rights in the garb of caste-based violence, the punishment enraged members of the British parliament whodecided to intervene in the matter making sure that the sisters are safe.


Sharad Sachan, the Baghpat SP, has denied that any suchorder was passed. However, he maintained that the family and the two girls fromSankrod village had been given security.


“I am revolted. Noculture or religion, no human being with any humanity would condone this,” aConservative MP of the UK foreign affairs select panel, Nadhim Zahawi, said.


Hilary Benn, the shadow foreign secretary urged the UKsecretary of state for foreign and commonwealth affairs, Philip Hammond to makeimmediate representations to Indian authorities so that prompt action can betaken to protect the sisters.


“We are committed to work with the Indian government on thisimportant issue,” added a spokesperson for the foreign office.


Although, the incident was dismissed by locals and Baghpatpolice, it soon gathered momentum in the international media. AmnestyInternational made a petition demanding action in the case, which garnered morethan 16,000 signatures until Friday.


“Nothing could justify this abhorrent punishment. It's notfair. It's not right. And it's against the law,” the petition said, asking forimmediate intervention by local authorities.


Realizing that the incident has reached international media,UP CM Akhilesh Yadav directed the local administration to ensure fullprotection to family


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