“Unmarried woman should not be given mobile phones,” said the shocking diktat recently imposed by the Thakor community in Gujarat’s Banaskantha district. The district attracts a lot of tourists for its famous Ambaji Temple and is also the second-largest in the state. However, if you are a single woman in this thriving district, you only have to focus on your studies. Well, that’s the community’s reason behind this diktat. “Focus more on studies rather than wasting time on mobile phones,” said a community leader.
According to reports, this diktat was passed ‘unanimously’ on July 14 after the elders of the community from 12 villages held a meeting at the district’s Dantiwada taluka (panchayat).
The diktat states that “unmarried women should not be given mobile phones. If they are caught with mobile phones, their parents will be held responsible.” Congress MLA Ganiben Thakor told reporters that she saw nothing wrong in the move to ban mobile phones for girls, and they should, in fact, be focusing more on their studies.
Suresh Thakor, a community leader from Dantiwada added, “The community will offer tablets and laptops so that they can study better.” In addition to this, the meeting also stated that the parents from the community who decided to hold an inter-caste marriage for their children will be fined Rs 1.5 lakh to Rs 2 lakh.
MLA Alpesh Thakor said that the community leaders have also decided to reduce the ‘unnecessary’ expenditure on marriage ceremonies by stopping the use of DJ, firecrackers and elaborate processions. “The money saved from the practice will be used for the education of community members,” said community leader Suresh Thakor.
The media has since begun to criticise the community for this diktat and in response, MLA Alpesh Thakor told a news channel that the ban on using mobile phones should be gender-neutral and not be limited to just women, as youngsters need to focus on their education.
In 2016, Suraj village council in Mehsana, a city in Gujarat, issued a similar ban against ‘single women’ using mobile phones. The ban stated that technology was a nuisance to society and distracted the women from getting an education and carrying out their household chores.
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