Aligarh village panchayat bans mobile phones for girls under 18; eight-day long torture for violators

In an attempt to prevent them from getting carried away in the modern world and from getting 'corrupted' by the internet, a village Panchayat in Aligarh district of Uttar Pradesh has banned the girls from using mobile phones. 

Updated: Feb 20, 2016, 14:55 PM IST
Aligarh village panchayat bans mobile phones for girls under 18; eight-day long torture for violators
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New Delhi: With Prime Minister Narendra Modi aggressively promoting 'Digital India' and 'Beti Bachao-Beti Padhao', the village Panchayat's in the country continue to make mockery of his efforts. In an attempt to prevent them from getting carried away in the modern world and from getting 'corrupted' by the internet, a village Panchayat in Aligarh district of Uttar Pradesh has banned the girls from using mobile phones. 

According to the Panchayat's diktat, girls under the age of 18 should not uses  mobile phones. The Panchayat has also recommended a strict seven-day long punishment involving physical torture for the violators. 

The Panchayat also recommended similar punishment for persons found selling liquor in the village. 

"Any person found selling liquor in the village or any girl found using mobile phones will have to undergo a physical torture for eight days," said a village elder Ramvir Singh, who was also present at the Panchayat. 

Village Panchayats in Haryana, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh have always been in news for imposing strict rules on women and girls. Last year, a village panchayat in Muzaffarnagar has banned its girls from wearing jeans and other western clothes. 

In a similar move, a village Panchayat has banned its women and girls from using mobile phones to avoid them from getting 'corrupt' Barmer, Rajasthan. 

Khap Panchayats in Haryana and Rajasthan have been infamous for hounor killing. There have been several incidents where couples from same 'gotras' were made to undergo torture and separation following orders from these Panchayats.