No one could deny that the reason was a good one and so the panchayat had to allow the divorce.
How often is one informed, ‘with authority,’ that the panchayat of which we catch glimpses must be only a caste panchayat!
There is another reason why the panchayat, as applied to Christian congregations, is not altogether wholesome.
Breaches of caste rules and customs are enquired into by a panchayat presided over by a headman called Kattemaniavaru.
He however refused to accept the decision and said that he would go and find two people to represent him on the panchayat.
The panchayat is only a rough and ready way of settling disputes, or punishing minor offences.
However he had to give back the cow and pay twenty-five rupees to the panchayat.
So off went the owner of the cow to the Raja and told him that he wanted to call a panchayat.