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Akhilesh Yadav avoids direct comment on khap's decree

Author: PTI
Publication: The Times of India
Date: July 15, 2012
URL: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Akhilesh-Yadav-avoids-direct-comment-on-khaps-decree/articleshow/14962339.cms

Evading a direct reply on the controversial diktat issued by a 'khap' panchayat in Baghpat, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav today said any decision taken by the government or any social organisation should be aimed at benefiting the society as a whole.

 "The decision, whether taken by the government or any social organisation, must be in the interest of the people," he told reporters when asked to comment on khap panchayat's diktat.

In a Taliban-type diktat, a khap panchayat in Baghpat on Friday banned love marriages and barred women below 40 years from going out for shopping and using mobile phones. Akhilesh was confronted by reporters after he attended a function of a private college in Meharban Singh Purva area, some 25-km from here.
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