No cell phones, love marriages for Gujarat Thakore girls
Thakores have decided to ban the use of mobile phones by unmarried girls in villages of Banaskantha district of Gujarat. If it is violated, the girl's father will be fined 1.5 lakh rupees
In this day and age, when gender equality is the norm in every progressive society, a startling development has been reported from Banaskantha of Gujarat.
In Banaskantha’s Dantiwada, the Thakore community has now come up with a draconian fiat. According to this rule, unmarried girls cannot have mobile phones.
The decision was taken at a meeting of the Thakore community in Jalol village on Sunday. These decisions are generally considered binding on the community.
According to the new rules, unmarried girls will not be allowed to use cell phones. Sanctions will follow if this rule is violated. A punitive fine of 1.5 lakh rupees will be collected from the girl's father.
District Panchayat member Jayantibhai Thakore told the news agency ANI, "On Sunday we decided during marriage celebrations, additional expenses incurred on DJs and crackers etc. should be stopped.” However, the cell phone rule has not been enforced yet. After 10 days, there will be a meeting to discuss the issue, he said
Apart from this, the villagers have decided that if a girl marries against the wishes of her family, then it will be considered a crime.
Thakore community leader and former Congress legislator, Ameesh Thakore, commenting on these rules said, "The rules are good for reducing the expenses in marriages. But there is a problem in the rules regarding unmarried girls not using a cell phone. If they make such a rule for boys also then it would be good..."
This decision will be applicable in the villages of Kotada, Gaguda, Odva, Hariwada, Marpuria, Shergarh, Talepura, Randol, Ratanpur, Dannari and Velavas.
[Autotranslated from Hindi]