Mathura, 2017.05.03 (VT): On Wednesday, the village of Madora in Mathura District decided to ban girls from using mobile phones outside of their homes.
By tightening control over girls, the village panchayat hopes to lessen eve-teasing incidents as well as stop women and men from falling in love and having relationships in a society where arranged marriage is the norm.
Girls who violate the new rule will be fined. Initial reports said that the fine is 2,100 rupees – a lot of money for a young village girl. However, later news stories claim the fine is 21,000 rupees.
There will be no fines for single men who use phones outside the home, however.
In the same meeting, the overwhelmingly Muslim community also pledged support for CM Yogi Adityanath’s campaign against cow slaughter, and promsied to turn violators into the police in addition to socially ostracizing them and fining them 2.5 lakhs.
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