Saharanpur: After the panchayat in Asara village of Baghpat district slapped several restrictions on women a couple of months ago, a panchayat of thirty six communities in Ghatampura village of Saharanpur district issued similar kind of bizarre diktats. The panchayat has banned women from going out for shopping and if the diktat is violated, the women would be slapped a fine of Rs 500. Similarly, if anyone is found playing music at public places, one will have to shell out a fine of Rs 1500. Panchayat has also banned the consumption of liquor, gutka etc in the village.

The meeting was held at a Madarsa located in Ghangoh block which has a majority of Muslim Gujjar population. Sarpanch Ayub who presided over the meeting told that from now onwards, women of the village would not go out for shopping. They will even not be permitted to get water from the taps which are outside the house. Panchayat has appointed six teams comprising of five people in each team, to monitor the implementation of the diktat in the village and collect the fine from those who violate the rules. Protest against the diktat would cause double fine.

Speaking on this, SSP D C Mishra said that the matter has not yet come to his notice. He assured to take strict action if any case of violation of constitutional rights of an individual is reported. Sarpanch Ayub said that the decisions are taken because of the degrading image of the village.

Jamia Imam Madarsa Anwar and Sardar Mufti Arshad Faruqui said that such decisions are for the welfare of their religion but it should not be implemented on Gun point.  The diktat should not trouble the people.
Earlier in the month of July, a similar diktat was issued in the Asara village of Baghpat district. Love marriages were banned and a warning was issued that those doing so will not be allowed to live in the village. There had also been a clash between panchayat and the police over the issue and five people of a family were killed after a love marriage was performed in their family.


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