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India: Who made YOU the boss of me?

December 6, 2012

Oh, that’s right — God did.

A village council in eastern India has banned women from using mobile phones, saying they “pollute the social atmosphere” by encouraging women to elope with lovers.

The order was issued by the village council in Suderbari, in the Kishanganj district of impoverished Bihar state, after a formal meeting on Sunday. The measure was designed to check “the breakdown of the institution of marriage”, council leaders said…

“Unrestricted use of mobile phones is promoting premarital and extramarital affairs and destroying the great institution of marriage. We are extremely worried,” said Manuwar Alam, the president of the social advisory committee, explaining that at least six girls and women had eloped in the past year.

Women aren’t satisfied with their lives here in the village, so let’s take away something they value … yes, nice piece of religious logic there.

“We had to hide our faces out of shame,” Alam said. “We decided to do something that could firmly curb such cases, which were earning a very bad name for all of us.”…

Sorry, dude. If you’re ashamed, that’s your problem. Get over it.

And now the good news:

Sandeep Kumar R Pudakalkatti, the most senior bureaucrat in the district, said: “We have ordered a probe into the unlawful diktat, and those found guilty during the course of inquiry will be sternly dealt with.”

Go, Sandeep!

SMH

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