Khap organized to oppose change in marriage age of girls

Shamli: In the western UP state, which has been a stronghold of the movement against the three central agricultural laws, now voice is being raised against another decision of the Modi government. On one hand, the Khaps gathered in Shamli demanded fulfillment of the promises made to the farmers in Delhi and on the other they opposed the increase in the age of marriage of girls from 18 to 21. The Khaps have adopted this stand at a time when elections are going to be held in UP after a few months and the Modi government is trying to allay the resentment of the farmers by withdrawing the agricultural laws. Chiefs of many Khaps including Battisa Khap chief Chaudhary Vinay Kumar, Budian Khap chief Sachin Jawla, Beniwal Khap chief Amit Beniwal and Dandhu Khap chief Upendra Chaudhary attended the meeting held on Wednesday. They decided to hold further meetings to decide the future course of action.

The Union Cabinet has recently approved a proposal to increase the age of marriage for girls from 18 to 21. Khap panchayats opposed this decision. In the meeting, Chaudhary Vinay Panwar of Battisa Khap said that at present the ordinance law imposed by the Central Government on the age of girls should be reconsidered. Choudhary Sachin Jawla of Budian Khap said that all the Khap Choudharies have put their decision in favor of farmers in the elections to be held in the 2022 Uttar Pradesh Assembly. Soon a meeting will also be held with other Khap Chaudharys regarding the said subject. Chaudhary Amit Beniwal of Beniwal Khap proposed to organize AAP Parliament in Sarv Samaj at least once every year.

‘Government should fulfill the promises made to farmers’
In the meeting of Khap Chowdhury held at Pragati Market in Kandhla, a demand was made to implement the agreement reached in the farmers’ movement from the central government. Khap Chaudhary has demanded for guarantee on MSP and withdrawal of cases registered in the farmers’ movement.

Sugarcane farmers are not getting payment: Tikait
Rakesh Tikait, the national spokesperson of the Bharatiya Kisan Union, reached the village Bhabhisa to know the condition of the injured farmers while going to the farmers rally in Kairana. He said that due to the unity of the farmers in the country, the central government had to accept the demand of the farmers by abandoning dogma. Rakesh Tikait said that even though the farmers’ agitation in Delhi has ended. But even today the farmer is facing many problems. The sugarcane payment has not been made to the farmers in the state on time, while the state government has claimed to pay sugarcane by putting up big flex boards. The farmer is surrounded by the problem of electricity and water.

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