In response to the Supreme Court seeking a reply on fast-tracking of rape cases and implementation of existing laws for safety of women, the government pleaded that a mechanism be put in place to monitor crimes against women by khap panchayats.
The Supreme court added that the khap panchayats can come and express their views on issues relating to inter-caste marriage before the apex body.
The Supreme Court sought the government's reply while hearing the public interest litigation matters related to this issue on Friday. A two-judge bench of the apex court, comprising justices KS Radhakrishnan and Dipak Misra on Thursday said it was aware of the gravity of the issue, and would take up the PILs for review and argument.
One of the PILs was filed by retired lady IAS officer Promilla Shanker. The Supreme Court also said it cannot pass direction for suspension of MPs and MLAs charge-sheeted for crimes against women.