To save girls from getting corrupted, a khap panchayat of Basauli village in Agra has ordered the unmarried girls not to carry mobile phone or social media. The khap panchayat in Aligarh village has even added that if any girl will be caught, her parents would have to sweep the village roads for 500m or will have to pay a penalty of up to Rs 1000.
Panchayat coordinator, Ramveer Singh said “Girls get spoiled and get involved in relationships with boys at a young age because they use phones. This further leads to crime against them. In our times, there were no such problems, but this technology has spoiled them and we needed to curb it.”
He further told that in a meeting of elders and men from the village it was concluded that several teams will keep an eye on girls carrying cell-phones.
This is not the first time that any panchayat is prohibiting mobile phones; a village council of Barmer in Rajasthan had also banned it in 2015. And in 2014, a khap panchayat in Muzaffarnagar similarly banned mobile phones, jeans and other western products by only targeting women and young girls. In contrast, the prime minister of India is trying to color every part of the nation with the “Digital India” initiative aiming to connect every one with smart phones.
Apart from this, the Basauli panchayat has also ordered to ban liquor consumption and sale. If caught consuming or selling it, one has to clean the village roads too. They have also told the public to approach the panchayat for all the disputes to refrain them from contacting the police to lodge an FIR.