28032018-TTC-01.qxd 3/28/2018 1:27 AM Page 1 13 established in 1881 wednesday, march 28, 2018 chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | www.tribuneindia.com | vol. 2 no. 85 | 20 pages | ~4.50 | regd. no. chd/0006/2018-2020 /thetribunechd /thetribunechd Khaps can’t interfere if consenting adults marry Karnataka goes SC issues preventive, remedial and punitive guidelines to save couples from khaps’ wrath Satya Prakash Tribune News Service New Delhi, March 27 The Supreme Court on Tuesday issued a set of preventive, remedial and punitive guidelines to check honour killings and unlawful interference in the lives of interfaith and inter-caste couples by khap panchayats. “The khap panchayats or such assemblies should not take the law into their hands and further cannot assume the character of the law implementing agencies, for that authority has not been conferred upon them under any law. Law has to be allowed to sustain by the law enforcement agencies,” said a three-judge Bench headed by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra. “In fact, it has to be condemned as an act abhorrent to law and, therefore, it has to stop. Their activities are to be stopped in entirety. There is no other alternative. What is illegal cannot commend recognition or acceptance,” said the Bench — which had earlier asked khap panchayats not to act like “conscience keepers of society” and refrain from interfering in any marriage between two consenting adults. The order came on a PIL filed by Shakti Vahini (an NGO) in 2010, seeking protection of inter-faith and inter-caste couples from honour killings. As many as 288 cases of honour killing were reported between 2014 and 2016. According to the data of National Crime Records Bureau, 28 honour killing cases were reported in 2014, 192 in 2015 and 68 in 2016. If a khap panchayat issued a diktat against a couple/family of an inter-caste or interreligious marriage or any oth- er marriage, the police shall immediately lodge an FIR under IPC, the Bench said, adding that the SP/DSP concerned shall ensure effective investigation and it shall be taken to its logical end with promptitude. It also directed that immediate steps should to be taken to provide security to the couple/family and, if necessary, they should be removed to a safe house. The top court asked state governments to consider establishing a safe house at each district headquarter for that purpose. Such safe hous- es can cater to accommodate young bachelor-bachelorette couples whose relationship is being opposed by their families/local community/khaps and young married couples of an inter-caste or inter-religious or any other marriage being opposed by their families/local community/khaps. Such safe houses may be placed under the supervision of the jurisdictional District Magistrate and Superintendent of Police, it added. It ordered state governments to create special cells in every district comprising the SP District Social Welfare , Officer and District Adi-Dravidar Welfare Officer to receive petitions/ complaints of harassment of and threat to couples of intercaste marriage. Such cells shall create a 24x7 helpline to receive and register such complaints and provide assistance/advice and protection to the couple. Criminal case trials pertaining to honour killing or violence have to be conducted on a day-to-day basis and concluded preferably within six months from the date of taking cognisance of the offence even in pending cases. Continued on page 7 Edit: SC rap to khap, again As of now, no plan to No extension for linking CM go-ahead to Punjab scrap Art 370: Centre Aadhaar, welfare plans student body elections PDP calls it ‘positive’; BJP says nothing new No SC interim order on March 31 deadline Arteev Sharma tribune News Service New Delhi/ Jammu, March 27 There is “currently” no proposal to scrap Article 370 which gives special status to Jammu and Kashmir, Union Minister of State for Home Hansraj Gangaram Ahir informed the Lok Sabha on Tuesday. He was replying to a written question by BJP MP from Karnal Ashwini Kumar, who asked whether the government was committed to scrapping Article 370. The MP also asked about the present status and the procedure laid down for scrapping Article 370. “There is currently no such proposal under consideration,” was Ahir’s one-line reply. Scrapping Article 370 is part of BJP’s political manifesto. But the party, which is in alliance with the Peoples Democratic Party in Jammu and Kashmir, remained mum on the demand in the ❝ By getting constituents of the wider Sangh Parivar to file petitions in court, the government can make these assertions while the BJP conspires against Articles 370 and 35A in the Supreme Court Omar Abdullah, FORMER CM PDP firmly believes that Article 370 must be respected and its sanctity is imperative to peace in J&K. This is the AoA that has led to positive development of Centre coming clear on the issue. CM @Mehbooba Mufti’s persuasion, efforts” Rafi Ahmed Mir, PDP 2015 Agenda of Alliance. Sunil Sethi, chief spokesperson of the state BJP claimed , continued on page 7 Satya Prakash PAN-Aadhaar by June 30 Tribune News Service New Delhi, March 27 The Supreme Court has refused to extend the March 31 deadline for linking Aadhaar with welfare schemes where benefits were transferred to citizens from the Consolidated Fund of India. As Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) CEO Ajay Bhushan Pandey completed his PowerPoint presentation before a fivejudge Constitution Bench headed by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra, senior advocates Anil Divan and KV Viswanathan on Tuesday pointed out that he had admitted that the success rate of Aadhaar authentication in government systems stood at 88 per cent only. “It means 14.4 crore citizens are being deprived of benefits of welfare schemes,” Viswanathan told the Bench, requesting an interim order to ■ The Central Board of Direct Taxes has extended the (March 31) deadline for PANAadhaar linking to June 30 ■ An order said the deadline for PAN-Aadhaar linking for filing I-T returns is being extended after “consideration of the matter” extend the March 31 deadline for welfare schemes as well. Attorney General KK Venugopal opposed it. “Not a single case is there where denial of benefits (for want of Aadhaar) has taken place,” he said. The Bench said it would not pass an interim order and asked the petitioners to argue it on Tuesday. On March 13, the Bench had extended the March 31 deadline for linking bank accounts and mobile phone numbers with Aadhaar till final disposal of petitions challenging validity of the Aadhaar Act. Were banned in 1984 during militancy days Chandigarh, March 27 From the next academic session (2018-2019), elections to students’ councils will be conducted in colleges and universities across Punjab, Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh announced in the Vidhan Sabha on Tuesday. Student body elections were banned in 1984, when militancy was at its peak. Capt Amarinder Singh said as the student body polls were being conducted in colleges under Panjab University and in neighbouring states, Punjab had also decided to conduct the polls. Fatehgarh Sahib MLA Kuljit Nagra said it would be a major development in reviving youth leadership. Recently, the Opposition parties — AAP SAD and the , BJP — had demanded student body polls in Punjab after the Haryana CM announced similar polls in his state in September. — TNS Now on, Mandarin in Punjab schools Chandigarh: CM Capt Amarinder Singh announced in the Vidhan Sabha that Mandarin would now be offered in government schools at the senior secondary level — a rather far-fetched idea when schools in the state are struggling to ensure students learn basic Punjabi and English. As the CM reasoned that Mandarin would be of much use to students since India was surrounded by countries with Chinese-speaking populations and trade with China was on the rise, AAP MLA Kanwar Sandhu said the government was unable to implement Punjabi as the first language but was keen on Mandarin. According to the 2017 Annual Status of Education Report, 21 per cent students in government schools cannot read English. — TNS to polls on May12 BJP IT cell chief tweets before CEC speaks New Delhi, March 27 The countdown to the crucial electoral battle in Karnataka, that will decide whether BJP’s juggernaut will breach the last major Congress fortress, has begun with the Election Commission announcing the poll schedule on Tuesday, amid a row. Minutes before Chief Election Commission OP Rawat’s announcement at a press conference here, BJP’s IT cell chief Amit Malviya tweeted the election date — May 12. Describing it as a “very serious issue”, the CEC promised stringent legal and administrative action. Later in the evening, the Election Commission set up a committee to probe the leak even as Union Minister and senior BJP leader Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi led a party delegation and submitted a written clarification by Malviya. Another Twitter user, Srivatsa, whose profile describes him as Congress’ social media in-charge in Karnataka, also put out the informa- ‘VERY SERIOUS ISSUE’ ❝ It is a very serious issue (election date tweet before CEC’s press conference), and stringent action will be taken (after inquiry panel report) ❞ OP Rawat, CHIEF ELECTION COMMISSIONER tion the same time as Malviya. Both got the polling date right, but the counting date wrong. Addressing the media, the CEC announced that the model code of conduct would “not come in the way” of the Centre setting up the Cauvery water management board, as per the Supreme Court directions. — TNS ~350 coin to mark 10th I-T offices to be open Guru birth anniversary from March 29-31 New Delhi: The government will come out with a ~350 commemorative coin to mark the 350th birth anniversary of Guru Gobind Singh, the 10th and last Sikh Guru. The coin with a standard weight of 35 grams will have 50 per cent silver, 40 per cent copper and 5 per cent each of nickel and zinc. The reverse side will bear the picture of Takht Sri Harimandir Patna Sahib. The years ‘1666’ and ‘2016’ in international numerals will be on the left and right periphery. PTI New Delhi: Income Tax offices and Ayakar Seva Kendras will remain open during holidays from March 29-31 to facilitate filing of returns before the end of the financial year. The last date for filing belated returns for 2016-17 and 2017-18 and revised returns for 2016-17 is March 31. While March 29 and 30 are government holidays on account of Mahavir Jayanti and Good Friday, March 31, the last day of 2017-18 financial year, is a Saturday. Banks too will be shut on March 29 and 30. PTI Today’s issue is of 20 pages, including four-page Jobs and Careers.
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