Indian village bans girls and unmarried women from cell phone use


The Gujarat village of Suraj in India has reportedly banned girls and unmarried women from the use of cell phones, threatening fines for possessing or using a phone unless the call is from a relative and received on a parent’s phone, according to Hindustan Times.

“Why do girls need a cell phone? Internet is a waste of time and money for a middle-class community like us. Girls should better utilize their time for study and other works,” said Devshi Vankar, sarpanch (elected head) of the village. The ban in Suraj was imposed last week and will result in a fine of 2100 Indian rupee (about $31 dollars) if caught. “Young girls get misguided. [Cell phone use] can break families and ruin relationships,” community leader Raikarnji Thakor said. Other villages have passed similar rules, claiming cell phone use by unmarried women “created a nuisance in society” equivalent to liquor abuse by men in the country, bans against which have also been passed.

Read the full story at Hindustan Times.

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