Village In Gujarat Bans Mobiles For Single Women

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Members of the Suraj village council in Mehsana passed a resolution outlawing the use of mobile phones for teenage girls and young women (Representational Image).

AHMEDABAD: : A village in Gujarat has banned single women from using mobile phones, with elders deeming the technology a “nuisance to society”.

Members of the Suraj village council in Mehsana, passed a resolution in early February outlawing the use of mobile phones for teenage girls and young women.

“Community leaders felt that just like liquor, the use of mobile phones by unmarried women was a nuisance to society,” village head Devshi Vankar told AFP, adding that a similar ban would be announced for school-age boys soon.

He said mobile phones were distracting unmarried women from carrying out their studies and household chores in the village, which has a population of 2,000.

If caught owning or speaking on a mobile phone, the violators will face a Rs 2,100-fine, according to the council, which is also offering 200 rupees to informers for tip-offs.

However, they can talk on their parents’ or relatives’ phones.

The ban was imposed at a meeting originally called to discuss the community’s growing alcohol abuse problem. The ban comes amid a nationwide campaign by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to spread the use of technology in rural India. Mr Modi was born in Vadnagar, a small town in Mehsana.

Last year the government launched its “Digital India” initiative to help boost connectivity in India.

 

 

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  2. How can the village counsel pass such an order which goes against the fundamental rights especially in an age where Women’s Empowerment is on top of the charts….

  3. This is really good move. I can see the genuine reasons for the conclusion.
    Appreciate they are considering to ban for boys, obviously village lifestyle is somewhat different. The boy is more engaged in helping the family in addition to study. This may includes travelling to various places hence carrying a mobile will help to communicate with family and people. E.g: Son a of small business vendor helps dad to go to big town for purchases.

  4. If mobile is bad for single/ unmarried girls then it is equally bad for the single/ unmarried boys.
    Boys learn bad things from mobile and victims/ sufferer are girls because of them.

  5. Boys and men having a phone is the real problem not girls having it. Remember the boy in Drishyam. That is why mobile phones with cameras should be banned. The new mobiles have cameras with zoom in. So some one sitting three tables away and looking apparently at his friend through his camera is actually taking a video of me. Then he adds his raunchy comments and circulates the video. I become an object. Older men do not like young girls with mobiles because hitherto these villages were expected to look down and avoid eye contact. Now the girls avoid eye contact by looking into their mobiles. The men liked girls looking down because it gave them a sense of power over girls, “see they do not dare look at me”. Now the men feel ignored “she is not even aware of my presence”.

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