On January 16, 2018, the Supreme Court assured us that our choice of spouse could not be questioned by a khap panchayat. On January 23, 2018, the Supreme Court told Hadiya that they could not question an adult woman’s choice of husband. But first we had to endure the tragic drama enacted by many in court, who felt they were seriously advocating a cause when they said that Hadiya suffered from “Stockholm syndrome” or that a khap was, in fact, entitled to challenge a marriage. It’s cringe-inducing that such legal pronouncements of freedom to marry are still necessary after 70 years of constitutionally elected governments in the world’s largest democracy.
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