Unbelievable! See Why Village Bans All Single Women From Using Mobile Phones


In what may be a rather weird development, a
village has barred all single women from having
a mobile phone of their own or even using it at
A village in Indian Prime Minister, Narendra
Modi’s home state of Gujarat has banned
single women from using mobile phones,
with elders deeming the technology a
“nuisance to society”.
Members of the Suraj village council in
Mehsana, the premier’s home district,
passed a resolution in early February
outlawing the use of mobile phones for
teenage girls and young women.
Speaking with AFP, the village head, Devshi
Vankar, said: “Community leaders felt that
just like liquor, the use of mobile phones by
unmarried women was a nuisance to
society.” He added that a similar ban would
be announced for school-age boys soon.
He said mobile phones were distracting
unmarried women from carrying out their
studies and household chores in the village,
which has a population of 2,000.
If caught owning or speaking on a mobile
phone, the violators will face a 2,100-rupee
($30) fine, according to the council, which is
also offering 200 rupees to informers for tip-
offs. However, they can talk on their
parents’ or relatives’ phones.
The ban was imposed at a meeting
originally called to discuss the community’s
growing alcohol abuse problem. It comes
amid a nationwide campaign by Modi to
spread the use of technology in rural India.
Last year the government launched its
“Digital India” initiative to help boost
connectivity in India, where nearly a billion
people do not have access to the Internet.


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