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PC slams AAP, says khap panchayats are retrograde, can’t be part of culture

In a veiled attack on Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal for his defence of khap panchayats, finance minister P Chidambaram on Wednesday described them as retrograde organisations which cannot be part of India’s culture.

‘What is a khap panchayat? A khap panchayat is a retrograde organisation. It is not part of India’s culture and I am appalled to see somebody say it’s part of India’s culture. How can it be part of India’s culture?,’ he said while addressing students of Shri Ram College of Commerce (SRCC) here.
His comments come against the backdrop of Kejriwal, who had in a recent interview, said he does not see the need for banning khap panchayats or unelected all-male village councils because they serve a ‘cultural purpose.’

Attacking Kejriwal’s Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) for defending khap panchayats, Chidambaram said, ‘(it’s) rubbish. Must have the courage to stand up and say these retrograde practices are not part of India’s culture...These are simply (organisations of) self serving individuals who propagate this poisonous culture’. ‘How can you tell a boy or a girl what you should wear and what you should not wear, who you should marry, who you should not marry.
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