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article imageWomen in Bihar penalised for using mobile phones

By Sheetal Patel     Dec 3, 2012 in Odd News
Patna - A village panchayat in Bihar has banned women from using mobile phones and imposed heavy charges if they violate the diktat.
According to a district official, the self-styled village panchayat of Kishanganj district issued the orders banning women from using mobiles on Sunday.
As per the news advertised on The Times of India, the villagers have issued an order to impose a fine of Rs. 10,000 if a girl is found using a mobile phone, while a married women will have to pay a fine of Rs. 2000 if found talking on a mobile outside her house.
A senior police official at the police headquarters said it was the first such diktat issued by a village panchayat in Bihar. There is no precedent to such an order issued by a Bihar village panchayat.
The Sunderbadi panchayat has also ordered women not to bathe on roadsides.
“The decision was taken in a meeting attended by panchayat members and village elders,” Mohammad Manzoor Alam, who presided over the meeting, told IANS by telephone Monday.
Alam said the villagers, mostly elders, favoured imposing the ban. “Mobile phone is the cause of all evils in our society, including increasing love affairs and the incidents of elopement, he claimed.
As reported, Kishanganj is a Muslim-dominated district, and among the most backward districts in Bihar with 60 percent of the population living below the poverty line.
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