Indian village bans women from using mobile phones

Happy shopping woman texting on her cell phone. An Indian village has banned women from using mobile phones in public in an attempt to restrict their contacts with men and plans hefty fines for violators, police said Wednesday. PHOTO|FILE| NATION MEDIA GROUP

What you need to know:

  • Khap panchayats are mostly run by male village elders. Although illegal, they have considerable influence in rural north India.
  • They are known for issuing diktats aimed at upholding the socially conservative traditions that have long held sway and resisting modernisation — such as banning women from wearing jeans.

An Indian village has banned women from using mobile phones in public in an attempt to restrict their contacts with men and plans hefty fines for violators, police said Wednesday.

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