MP tribal pan­chayat: No mo­biles for women

Mail Today - - NEWS - By He­mender Sharma in Bhopal

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.

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