There are claims that Sharia is a law in itself. As upheld by the Supreme Court of India on 7/7/2014, Shariat and fatwas have no legal status. The judgement was delivered by the apex court on a PIL filed by advocate Vishwalochan Madam which questioned the constitutional validity of shariat courts allegedly running a parallel judicial system in the country. No law permits two parallel systems of judiciary in a country but it amounts to the same if permitted what the advocates of shariat want. There are several Panchayats in different places in India who pursue the practice of their own rules to punish the guilty, as so perceived by them, with their own verdicts, notably the Khaaps in Haryana. If shariat is permitted to practice their own rules and laws why the same can’t be extended to Khaaps and other regional groups like that is the question. India is a democracy where rules and laws are the same for all the citizens in the country and they can’t be different varying from one group or sect to another. They have to be cohesive and uniform in all the cases of people in the country irrespective of any bias based on some region or religion.