MP tribal panchayat: No mobiles for women
A PANCHAYAT comprising Saharia tribals from around 27 villages in Madhya Pradesh’s Sheopur district has banned the use of mobile phones for women and girls. The decision according to the panchayat members is one of the many steps that have been recently taken to reform the society.
The mahapanchayat comprising Saharias of 27 villages was held in Ochha village and it was decided to ban the use of mobile phones for women and girls. The mahapanchayat also decided to impose a fine on first time women and girl child violators and declared that those who violate the diktat for the second time would be shunned from the community.
“Mobile phones are having a bad impact on women and girls hence the decision has been taken. Those who don’t listen to the panchayat order will be fined but second-time offenders will not be allowed to remain part of our closely knit community,” Ram Swarup Advasi, a sarpanch of the 27 village mahapanchayat, said.
“The mahapanchayat met three times in the past one month and imposed a ban on consuming liquor, also discussions were held on how to increase awareness about the need for education. This is the third decision taken by the community leaders and is aimed at reforming pour society,” he added.
Women and girls have so far not openly reacted to the panchayat’s diktat but no one is happy with the decision.
The mahapanchayat also banned liquor consumption.