Sexism and India’s Village Courts

Kanika Mishra’s cartoon looks at India’s khap panchayats, which are unelected all-male bodies opposed for having issued many misogynistic decrees, including ordering so-called honor killings.

A Reuters India story explained:

Their diktats have ranged from banning women from wearing western clothes and using mobile phones to ordering the killing of young couples. Some councils have demanded that the minimum age of marriage be lowered to 16 from 18 for girls and 21 for boys as a way of coping with an increase in the number of rapes.

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Village court

Kanika Mishra is a cartoonist from Mumbai, India. Read other articles by Kanika, or visit Kanika's website.