Wear nightie be­fore sun­set, pay

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - TIMES NATION - Samson Raj |

Any woman found wear­ing a nightie be­tween 7am and 7pm is fined Rs 2,000 in Tokala­palli vil­lage in Andhra Pradesh and any­one who snitched on such an ‘of­fender’ is given Rs 1,000

Rajahmundry: For the past nine months, women in a vil­lage in Andhra Pradesh’s West Go­davari district have stopped wear­ing the in­nocu­ous, flow­ing ‘nightie’ dur­ing the day. They put it on only af­ter sun­set, thanks to a dik­tat by vil­lage elders, who have de­cided that nightie, as the name sug­gests, is meant only for the night.

Though the dik­tat was is­sued about nine months ago, it went vi­ral on so­cial me­dia only on Thurs­day night af­ter which rev­enue of­fi­cials vis­ited the vil­lage for an in­quiry in the morn­ing.

Anine-mem­ber com­mit­tee of elders of Tokala­palli vil­lage even has a car­rotand-stick strat­egy in place to en­sure none of the 1,800-odd women in the vil­lage dis­obeyed their dik­tat. Any woman found wear­ing a nightie be­tween 7am and 7pm is fined Rs 2,000 and any­one who snitched on such an ‘of­fender’ is given a re­ward of Rs 1,000.

When TOI vis­ited Tokala­palli on Fri­day, some vil­lagers said the elders had threat­ened a so­cial boy­cott if the guilty did not pay the penalty. They also said that they had been told not to in­form gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials about the dik­tat. Tokala­palli sarpanch Fan­ta­sia Ma­ha­lak­shmi told TOI that wash­ing clothes in the open, go­ing to gro­cery shops and at­tend­ing meet­ings in a

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