Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Haryana Khaps Leaders withdraw invite to Aamir Khan

ROHTAK, HARYANA, INDIA: Leaders of khap panchayats in Haryana have stalled a move to invite Bollywood actor Aamir Khan to the gathering of all panchayats on the issue of female feticide in Bibipur village of Jind district on July 14. The Nogama khap panchayat, which is hosting the first of its kind mahapanchayat, had decided to send invitation to Aamir Khan and his wife Kiran Rao. However, it decided against it on Tuesday, following pressure from powerful leaders of other khaps, who are angry with the actor for portraying them "in poor light" over the issue of honour killings in one of the episode's of his television show 'Satyamev Jayate'.
"He (Aamir) has tried to lower the dignity of khap panchayats in his show by associating honour killing with khap panchayats. We even sought to distance ourselves from the occurrence of ghastly killings which are mostly perpetrated by the kin (of woman who bears a female child), but he continued in same vein. This has irked all khap panchayats and we have decided not to share any stage with him on any issue," said Kuldeep Singh Dhanda of Barah khap.
Kuldeep said the khap leaders had expressed their objections against inviting the actor to the mahapanchayat organizers.
The mahapanchayat will be organised in Bibipur village, which had recently hosted the first meeting of all-woman gram sabha on female foeticide issue. The Union panchayat raj ministry had appreciated the village's initiative on the issue to curtail the widening sex ratio in Haryana.
The young sarpanch of Bibipur,Mr. Sunil Jaglan, who had played a crucial role in awakening the women of his village to take up the social cause, maintained that he had requested the Nogama khap panchayat to invite Aamir as he too had highlighted this problem through his TV show. The khap panchayats have appreciated Aamir's attempt to save the girl child by speaking put against female foeticide.

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