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Panchayat

 

(from Sanskrit and Hindi pancha, “five”), in southern Asian countries, especially India, an elective committee that administers various corporative organizations, such as castes, subcastes, rural cooperatives, certain types of communal groups, and temples. Both traditional and newly formed associations may be run by panchayats. In India, the village councils that serve as organs of rural self-government are also called panchayats. Despite its name, a panchayat usually consists not of five but of an arbitrary number of members.

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She demanded the authorities concerned to abolish the system of panchayat and jirga which according to her were the source of illogical decisions.
The panchayat members, he said, pledged that the girl would be handed over to her husband in a 'Rukhsati' ceremony after two days.
Just last month, a panchayat in Multan broke all records of violation of human rights: the 17-year-old sister of a rapist was raped by the brother of a 12-year-old rape survivor on its orders.
SHO Muzffarabad Rashid Taheem said that police have registered case against 27 Panchayat members and arrested 20 of them including main accused Ameen.
The panchayat in its decision on Sunday took strong cognisance of the utterance of triple talaq in a single go and unanimously slapped a fine of Rs200,000 on the groom who gave the money in cash immediately," Shahid Hussain, coordinator of the Turk community panchayat, told PTI.
What is more surprising in this case was that the panchayat took a suo motu cognizance of the dowry demands made by Prakash Singh, who is a resident of the same village.
The incident took place a week ago when a villager sought the formulation of a Panchayat after he accused a relative of his, of having an affair with his wife.
The Jind panchayat, which acted as a mediator between the accused and the victim's family, also directed the families of the accused to pay compensation of a[sup.
A village panchayat near Rohtak has directed a married couple to start staying as brother and sister as they are from the same 'gotra'.
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Zahida Bibi, mother of the boy , submitted an application to Sadiqabad Saddr police, stating that Panchayat elders convicted his son, Shafiq, Class-V student, on false accusation of developing illicit relations with a seven-year-old girl.
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