Traditional councils in villages in India continue exerting social control through edicts that govern everything from marriage to property disputes. Khap panchayat is a system of social administration of all men on an unelected council. They have been of controversy because of their views, like blaming women for rape and ordering rapes of women. They act as these rural villages’ that they are in courts. With modern India on the rise, they have gotten much scrutiny and the Supreme Court of India has not ruled in their favor. These councils have been around for so long and have gotten away with these social injustices and it will be a very hard road for them to be eradicated and the rights of women to be granted.
Submitted by Kelsey Coffey