Muslim Panchayat Bans Use Of Cellphones By Girls

JAIPUR (TIP): After the khaps in Haryana and Uttar Pradesh, a Muslim community panchayat in Rajasthan on banned girls from using cellphones and also from dancing and singing at weddings, ostensibly in an effort to prevent incidents like Delhi gang rape. Boys and girls have also been prohibited from marrying someone against the wish of their family members or someone from a different community, panchayat members said on Thursday. The restrictions have been imposed on the Muslim community members at Salumbar town in Udaipur district, some 400 km from Jaipur, by the Anjuman Muslim Panchayat, a minority community council.

“We have decided to ban the girls from carrying and using cellphones. The decision was taken with a view that cellphones are spoiling girls,” panchayat secretary Habibur Rahman told reporters. He said that a slew of measures has been taken to ensure safety of girls belonging to the community in the area. “The girls would not be allowed to dance and sing during wedding functions. A couple cannot get married against the wishes of their family members,” said the panchayat secretary. He added that punitive action will be taken against girls who are found ignoring the panchayat edicts. “If a couple runs away from house to get married, they will be ostracized and a cash fine of Rs 51,000 will be imposed on them. Fine of Rs 51,000 has also been decided for those who marry someone from a different community,” said the secretary. He added that panchayat decisions have been communicated to all members of the community in the town.

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