- Social panchayats and the village community approve of this custom, especially common among Jats, encouraging more such killings
- No political leader in Haryana has either condemned these crimes, or tried to punish the perpetrators. Haryana CM Hooda is on record as declaring: "We cannot interfere in the social customs of our people".
- Taking the cue from politicians, state functionaries too make only token arrests
- Even those who oppose it don't say anything for fear of losing their lives
***The mood in Ballah village, some 20 kilometres from Karnal, is defiant. Groups of grizzled village elders gathered at the village chaupal outside the sarpanch's house or huddled around hookahs under trees, are strategising on how best to extricate their fellow villagers out of the clutches of the police. Ballah woke up last Friday morning to the gruesome sight of the battered bodies of Sunita and...