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1. An elected village council in India.
2. A traditional village, caste, or tribal council in South Asia.
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(Government, Politics & Diplomacy) a village council in India
[Hindi, from Sanskrit panch five, because such councils originally consisted of five members]
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Noun1.panchayat - a village council in India or southern Pakistan
council - a body serving in an administrative capacity; "student council"
Bharat, India, Republic of India - a republic in the Asian subcontinent in southern Asia; second most populous country in the world; achieved independence from the United Kingdom in 1947
Islamic Republic of Pakistan, Pakistan, West Pakistan - a Muslim republic that occupies the heartland of ancient south Asian civilization in the Indus River valley; formerly part of India; achieved independence from the United Kingdom in 1947
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As Panchayat Raj is a state subject, each state was free to evolve its own system depending upon local needs, circumstances, administrative conveniences and experiences.
Kottur grama panchayat in Kozhikode district is making it to the list of many firsts in the State.
MULTAN -- A man and a woman who had married out of freewill were forcibly separated under a ruling given by yet another panchayat in Multan's Muzafarrabad area.
Sambhal, Uttar Pradesh: Striking a blow for gender equality in the triple talaq debate, a panchayat (village council) here, has fined a man Rs200,000 (Dh11,398) for divorcing his wife by uttering 'talaq' thrice in one go and asked him to pay Rs60,000 as mehr to his wife.
strange and shocking diktats of village panchayats, especially in the western Uttar Pradesh regarding cases related to marital dispute, but the village panchayat of the Baghpat district has set an example for others to follow.
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.
Summary: Kolkata: Observing that non-conduct of the panchayat polls would be a disaster, the CPI-M yesterday ...
The Jind panchayat in Haryana has come up with another bizarre verdict in a woman's murder case by ordering the families of the accused to kneel in penance on the spot where she was killed.
9 -- A khap panchayat in a Hisar village has banned mobile phones for youngsters and ordered girls not to wear jeans and T-shirts.
Summary: Raebareli (Uttar Pradesh) [India], May 15 (ANI): Congress MLA Aditi Singh suffered minor injuries after her convoy was attacked by a group of assailants, while she was headed to the district panchayat office for a floor test against district panchayat president Awadhesh Singh.
LAHORE -- According to a news report in this newspaper, a Panchayat has ordered the father of two girls to marry his daughters off to illiterate men in the community.