"It is illogical and makes little sense why the village heads should issue this kind of order," said Anuj Prasad, a teacher.

He argued that it was for the girls to decide what they wanted to wear. A few others too debated whether such impositions should be made.

However, few other decisions made by the Mahapanchayat were welcomed. The Mahapanchayat headed by Ramesh Baba, who is famous for his save Yamuna movement, ruled that consumption of liquor, dowry, and other social evils would also be not permitted.

"Whoever violates the orders shall have to pay penalty to the sabha," said the Mahapanchayat.


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