The ban was implemented recently by the panchayat of Suraj village in Kadi taluka of Mehsana. A fine of Rs 2,100 will be imposed on minor girls found using or owning mobile phones. They will only be allowed to use the mobile phones of their parents inside the house.

According to village sarpanch Devshi Vankar, the decision was taken unanimously by the panchayat as the majority of villagers felt that mobile phones are creating problems for
girls and their parents.

The village panchayat also saw cell phones as a tool used by lovestruck youngsters to elope from homes. "All the villagers have agreed to ban mobile phones for school girls who are under 18 years. Members of all the communities, be it Dalit, Patel, Thakor or Rabari, have agreed on it. We have imposed a fine of Rs 2100 on those who violate this rule," said Vankar.

"Girls are allowed to use mobile phone of their parents inside their house and under their supervision. But they cannot move around in the village carrying mobiles," cited Vankar.

Latest News from State News Desk