george whyte

Market Rasen, UK

#1 Dec 6, 2012
Indian village where women have been banned from using mobile phones because 'they could use them to elope'

A council in the eastern Indian state of Bihar said the phones were 'debasing the social atmosphere'
Single women are fined £130 if they are caught using a phone, married women around £20
By Mail Foreign Service

PUBLISHED: 16:36, 5 December 2012 | UPDATED: 07:21, 6 December 2012

A council in the eastern Indian state of Bihar has banned the use of mobile phones by women, saying the phones were 'debasing the social atmosphere'.

Councillors claimed the use of phones encouraged women to elope.

Single women are fined £130 if they are caught using a phone, married women around £20.

Ban: A council in the eastern Indian state of Bihar has banned the use of mobile phones by women, saying the phones were 'debasing the social atmosphere'
The ban has been put in place by Sunderbari council which is in a Muslim-dominated area in the north east of India.

'It always gives us a lot of embarrassment when someone asks who has eloped this time,' said Manuwar Alam, who heads a newly-formed committee tasked with enforcing the ban.

Temptation: Councillors claimed the use of phones encouraged women to elope
He said the number of elopements and extramarital love affairs had risen in the past few months, with at least six girls and women fleeing their homes.

'Even married women were deserting their husbands to elope with lovers.

That was shameful for us,' Alam said.'So, we decided to tackle it firmly. Mobile phones are debasing the social atmosphere.’

Local officials have begun investigations, saying that such bans cannot be allowed in a healthy society, while women’s rights activists called it an assault on freedom that could potentially end up harming women by stripping them of one source of protection from trouble, such as unwanted advances by men.

'Girls and women are capable enough to protect themselves,' said activist Suman Lal during a debate on local television.

'Technology is meant to be used, not to be banned...The order is nauseating.'

Fellow activist Mohammad Islam said it was 'disappointing' that the village council ignored the many advantages of mobile phones before placing a ban on them for one reason.

'I want every girl to be given a mobile phone so that she could call up family members if she has a problem"¯, he said.

“the other Tom”

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#2 Dec 6, 2012
LOL...The old Beardies are finally losing out to modern technology!
Lena

Canberra, Australia

#3 Dec 6, 2012
tom_ wrote:
LOL...The old Beardies are finally losing out to modern technology!
hahahahha LMAO

Since: Sep 09

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#5 Dec 7, 2012
Islam, doing all it can to stay in the 12th century...while the rest of the world moves forward. they are pushing backward....lol
stupid_girl_turc o

Mumbai, India

#6 Dec 7, 2012
Mi_nina wrote:
Islam, doing all it can to stay in the 12th century...while the rest of the world moves forward. they are pushing backward....lol
true.....

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