Lucknow: In what can be termed as a Talibani diktat, a khap panchayat in Uttar Pradesh's Muzaffarnagar district has banned girls from wearing jeans and using mobile phones.
The panchayat asked the residents not to use social networking websites such as WhatsApp and Facebook.
The order would apply to 46 villages in the Muzaffarnagar area.
Such diktats have been issued in the past by Khap panchayats or caste councils in UP and Harayana, drawing flak from several quarters.
However, it has to be seen how does the Akhilesh Yadav-led Samajwadi Party government react to such diktat.
In August this year, a community panchayat had banned girls from wearing jeans and keeping mobile phones claiming that they were having a "bad" effect on them and were responsible for eve-teasing incidents.
The order was passed by the panchayat of Gujjar community at Jadwad village.
It passed the diktat banning wearing of jeans and use of mobile phones by unmarried girl. The panchayat also claimed that eve-teasing incidents had increased due to "objectionable" clothes worn by girls.
It also asked the community people not to have disc jockey during wedding functions.
Village head Ashok Kumar was among those present at the meeting.
In a similar incident, a mahapanchayat held in a Uttar Pradesh in March had ruled that girls should refrain from wearing jeans.
The order was issued in a meeting that was attended by thousands of people from 52 villages. Most of them belonged to the Yadav clan from Uttar Pradesh, Haryana and Rajasthan.