|Naveen (L) Sonam (R)|
- For generations the khap panchyatts of Haryana and Punjab have maintained control over many of the social traditions of the community. Believing that everyone from the same clan is a brother or sister, they say there should be no marriage between anyone with the same surname although their decisions have no legal status.
- Some analysts believe that the increasingly harsh positions taken by the panchyatts reflect their fear of losing their status in India's changing social order. To try to counter this, the unelected councils are seeking to have the government amend the 1955 Hindu Marriage Act and incorporate their traditions into law.