Khap panchayat in Haryana bans mobiles. Jeans, T-shirts for girls
A khap panchayat in a Hisar village has banned mobile phones for youngsters and ordered girls not to wear jeans and T-shirts. Organising a DJ party is out of bounds and a complete prohibition on liquor has also been issued.
The decision was taken by the panchayat at Khedar village. Sarpanch Shamsher Singh said, "We have decided to ban alcohol as it is the main reason behind rapes. We have also banned jeans and T-shirts for girl students as it is not a proper dress."
Shanti Devi, a middle-aged woman present at the panchayat said, "The decision of the panchayat is good and will check the harassment of girls. Poor dressing is the main reason behind rapes". The panchayat formed an 11-member committee to ensure that the decision is implemented. "We welcome the decision of the panchayat and anyone organizing a DJ party in the village will be fined Rs 11,000. Our main purpose is to close the alcohol shops in the village as liquor is the main reason behind attacks on women," said panch Mahaveer Singh, a resident of the village.
Youngsters have opposed the diktat. "The decisions will prove to be counter-productive. The mobiles can be useful in alerting parents or the police in case of assaults," said Ram Kishan, a young man from the village. Another man, who termed the khap diktat outlandish, irrelevant and objectionable, said on anonymity: "These people are vindictive. If we question their decision they will ban us from the village."
- Asian Tribune -