The Story of Indian Democracy

The Story of Indian Democracy

Question

Write a short note on 'Nyaya Panchayats'.

Answer

Nyaya Panchayat have been constituted in some states. They possess the the authority to hear some petty, civil and criminal cases. They can impose fines but cannot award a sentence. These village courts have been often been successful in bringing about an agreement amongst contending parties. They have been particularly effective in punishing men who harass women for dowry and perpetrate violence against them.

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