The Khap panchayats of Haryana have come out with a bizarre suggestion — that doing away with the marriageable age limit and early marriages will reduce the incidents of rape (Oct. 8). Only perverts indulge in crimes like rape. Early marriage or late marriage is hardly an issue.
The suggestion that doing away with the marriageable age limit for girls can prevent rapes is grounded in ignorance. Coming from the Khaps who are known to run parallel courts in the name of offering justice to rural folks, it is meant to hoodwink us into believing what their petty mind presumes is right. It has no medical or scientific proof.