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Women can't use mobile phones, says tribal community body

Press Trust of India  |  Sheopur (MP) 

A 'Maha Panchayat' of a tribal community in district of has banned women of all ages from using mobile phones, saying they have a 'corrupting influence'. The -- communal meeting -- of the Saharia tribe has asked girls and women from the community across 52 villages of and areas in the district not to own or even talk on them. Anybody found violating the diktat will have to pay a fine of Rs 1,100, it decided last month. However, an exception has been made for the women working in government offices who can use mobile phones, said a said that tribal 'panchs' (community heads) from 52 villages met in Dehri area on January 27. "At the meeting, we decided on a slew of measures to reform our community," he said, adding that one of these measures was the ban on use of by girls and women. The reason was that these gadgets promote "vulgar Internet content" and have "corrupting influence on mind", he said. A committee of 10-12 persons in each village will ensure that the order is implemented, he said. The also banned drinking and consumption of narcotic drugs, he said.

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First Published: Thu, February 15 2018. 19:50 IST
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