Dr. Narendra Dabholkar


Prabhakar Nanawaty

Suman Oak

Caste Panchayat

Narendra Dabholkar, the founder of the ANS had started a campaign against the caste panchayats and had organised a series of meetings across the state under the program named ‘Jaat panchayat muthmati abhiyan’ (Caste Pancahayat Eradication Mission) . Dabholkar, held a series of meetings as part of this campaign at various places. Meetings Continue reading

Maharashtra Prohibition of Social Boycott Act, 2015.

BILL No. …of 2015

A BILL to provide for the prohibition of social boycott of a person or group of persons including their family members, and for matters connected therewith or incidental thereto.

WHEREAS promoting amongst the citizens fraternity assuring the dignity of individual is enshrined as one of the goals Continue reading

Should Khap Panchayats be banned in India?

Khap Panchayats have no legal recognition and they interfere with normal functioning of society by making decisions. It is not the job of Khap Panchayats to make decisions in Republic of India.

Answer 1

Yes, Absolutely yes. You still need justice from 600 AD or are you moving to Continue reading

Unlawful interference of Caste Panchayats etc.with marriages

Statement of Objects and Reasons

There has been a spurt in illegal intimidation by self-appointed bodies for bringing pressure against Sagotra marriages and inter-caste, inter-community and inter-religious marriages between two consenting adults in the name of vindicating the honour of family, caste or community. In a Continue reading

To ban social boycotts, Maharashtra may get a second chance

In a state where self-appointed caste panchayats routinely ostracise people for transgressing social norms, the government is finally taking a step forward. This monsoon session, the Maharashtra government is due to table a draft bill to prevent social boycotts in the state assembly.

Chief minister Devendra Fadnavis had announced in March Continue reading

Social boycott and the terror of Gavki panchayat in Raigad district

We may believe that in the 21st century inequities like social boycott may be a thing of the past. But Raigad district in Maharashtra has again shown the harsh truth of our society. ‘Gavki Panchayat’, a system that acts like Khap or Jat panchayat, exists in the interior parts of Maharashtra. It has Continue reading

Dalits suffer social boycott in Maharashtra village

Suman Tayde, 14-month-old Dipti’s grandmother is growing anxious as the child has gone without milk since Saturday. The village hasn’t run out of supplies, but since October 12, Dalits of Vairagad village in Maharashtra’s Buldhana district have been facing a social boycott. This includes inaccess to the flour mill and other shops in Continue reading

Boycott Social Boycotting

Picture your community ostracising you even if you hadn’t committed a crime. Your ‘crime’ could simply have been offending someone’s sentiments. Devendra Fadnavis wants to do away with such social boycotts.

Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis deserves kudos. One is not talking about his engaging in open letter conversations with journalists Continue reading

Dispensing Justice Through Kangaroo Courts Gaavkis in Maharashtra

In awarding brutal punishment to people who defy social norms based on superstitions, patriarchy and casteism in villages, gaavkis or caste panchayats in Maharashtra openly subvert the law of the land with the tacit support of the police and politicians. The Tanta Mukti Gaav Yojna, a village dispute resolution scheme, initiated by the Continue reading

Social Boycott of Dalit Scholars: Locating Caste in Modern Context

While Indians take pride in calming that the Art (15) of our constitution provides for “Protection for Prohibition of discrimination on grounds of religion, race, caste, sex or place of Birth” yet there is very little evidence of its application across the higher education sector.

In fact five research scholars at Continue reading

Maharashtra to be the first state to enact law against social boycott

Maharashtra will be the first state in the country to enact a law against social boycott of individuals or families by caste panchayats. A draft of the said act called as the ‘Maharashtra Prohibition of Social Boycott Act, 2015’ which was published on the state government’s website on Wednesday has termed any action Continue reading

Opposing Social Boycott

Maharashtra’s draft law to curb social boycott is welcome but it needs to be strengthened. The notoriety of the actions of North India’s khap panchayats has overshadowed the sizeable number of cases of social boycott ordered by caste panchayats in Maharashtra. Known as the gaavki system, it is a gathering of villagers with Continue reading