|Published : 12 Apr 2017, 21:38:36|
Banning mobile phones to check elopements
A village court in India's Bihar state has banned the use of mobile phones for girls and boys, a move it claims will check the increasing number of elopements.
A decision to this effect was taken at a meeting held recently at Mahatha village in Madhubani district, some 170km north of Patna.
At the meeting, witnesses said, villagers voiced grave concern over the rising incidents of elopements, which were earning a bad name for the village.
After much deliberation, they finally decided to ban use of cellphones for both girls and boys enrolled in schools and colleges.
As per the decision taken at the meeting, the family of those violating the diktat will not only face social boycott but will also have to pay a heavy monetary fine.
The villagers took the decisions after some young men from the village eloped with girls and got married.
A sarpanch is an elected head of a village-level statutory institution of local self-government called village council and enjoys limited judicial power.
Incidents of elopements have become a matter of serious concerns in Bihar, resulting in sudden boom in “honour killings”.