Amnesty International has started a campaign to sign a petition called ‘Two sisters to be raped as punishment – demand justice’. The petition says, ” An unelected all-male village council in India has ordered that 23-year-old Meenakshi Kumari and her 15-year-old sister are raped. They also ordered for the sisters to be paraded naked with blackened faces. Demand that the local authorities intervene immediately .”
There’s one more reason in the world to hate Khap Panchayats. In a bizarre ruling that’s caught the attention of Amnesty International, a Khap Panchayat in Baghpat district, Uttar Pradesh passed a diktat ordering the rape of 23-year old Meenakshi Kumari and her 15-year-old sister.
The rape of the two sisters was ordered as punishment for their brother, who eloped with a married woman.
According to The Quint , the Supreme Court of India declared Khaps to be Illegal in 2011, but these all-male, convoluted and perverse bodies still exist in places where the local government is too far away to be effective.