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UP Khap Panchayat Prohibits Drinking At Public Places, Loud Music At Celebrations

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26/12/2016 2:29 PM IST | Updated 26/12/2016 4:44 PM IST
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A village council that represents the Sangwan community located in the villages in and around the Dadri district of Uttar Pradesh, has issued a series of directives prohibiting the consumption of alcohol at public places, bursting of firecrackers and playing loud music at celebratory functions.

According to the The Indian Express, the Sangwan Khap panchayat has also asked villagers to plant a tree at every important family occasion, such as the birth of a child, a wedding in the family and even a death of an elderly person.

The directive was issued in one of the largest khap meetings in the state on Sunday, and is to be enforced in 58 villages that fall under the group. Jorwar Singh Sangwan, chief of the Sangwan Khap, told IE:

"We cannot check what people do in their houses. But all sarpanches should ensure that there is no one drinking openly in the village and creating a ruckus. Some people drink and indulge in hooliganism in the village. This is a bad influence on youngsters. We do not want this to happen."

The Khap also insisted on implementing Central Government's 'Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao' slogan thoroughly, and said that they would ensure that all the girls in the village would get good physical education as well.

They are also planning to ask the Government to make Aamir Khan's latest film Dangal tax free in UP, reported Jagran.

The directives announced by the Sangwan Khap panchayat puts the village of Dadri in a positive light. In September, 2015, a man was beaten to death by a Hindu mob for allegedly consuming beef. The incident had led to a series of violent counter-reactions, as well as protests all across the country.

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