As a first of its kind diktat from a village panchayat in India, women and girls were banned from using mobile phones in Sunderbadi village in Bihar. As per the order issued by the Village Panchayat, heavy fines will be inflicted on those who violate the diktat. Girls will be fined Rs 10,000 and married women will have to pay Rs 2,000 if they are found talking on mobile phones. Village sources stated that they took this decision in the wake of increasing incidents of love affairs and elopements in the village.
Sunderbadi is a village in Kishanganj, which is is one of the backward districts in Bihar, with a population dominated by Muslims and around 60% of the people are living below the poverty line. These decisions were taken in a meeting attended by most of the villagers including elderly people and Panchayat members.
Senior Police officials confirmed this news and said that this is one of the first of its kind diktats issued by a Village Panchayat in India. This news reflects the concern of people around the use of mobile as many freak incidents are being reported over the misuse of this device especially among the young population including teen girls. The Sunderbadi Village Panchayat has also issued an order for women not to take bath by the road side. Those who attended the meeting clarified that this ban of mobile phone was seconded by most of the people who attended the meeting.
This could be a trend setter and we feel that many Village panchayats and other educational authorities may follow this ban on mobile phones especially by young population in the coming days.