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Khaps warn Aamir, want show pulled off air

10 June 2012

Haryana's khap panchayats, known for their bizarre diktats, have now demanded that Aamir Khan's popular TV show, Satyamev Jayate, be pulled off air. The actor drew the ire of the kangaroo courts after he accused them of triggering honour killings in one of the episodes. Khap leaders said Aamir portrayed them in poor light and warned him against commenting on Hindu tradition, particularly gotra marriages. The khaps also urged people to stop watching Satyamev Jayate.

"We are trying to safeguard social customs and traditions which is the backbone of any society," said Randhir Singh, president of Meham Chaubisi khap panchayat. Randhir, who had participated in a show, alleged his views were edited by the producers when it went on air. "This was done to fuel anti-khap sentiments," he said.

Singh said same-gotra marriages raise the risk of transferring hereditary diseases.

"Such marriages are avoided in most societies across the world as their ill effects have been scientifically proven," he said. Jat Mahasabha president Om Prakash Maan said Aamir twisted facts while discussing the honour killing of Manoj and Babli. Most Haryana khaps have condemned the show and shot off a missive to Aamir Khan.

Source: Times of India?

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