Patna, Feb 11: There seems to be no end to the plight of women in India. Everyday one or another kinds of crime are committed against women in the country. Be it sexual assaults or diktats of moral police brigade banning jeans and mobile for girls/women.
Isn't it a violence of their freedom by banning mobile phones, jeans and t-shirts for women/girls? Latest to join the moral police brigada is a village in Bihar's Siwan district which has barred girls from using mobile phones and wearing jeans and T-shirts, an official said on February 11.
The villagers also imposed heavy fines on girls if they violated the diktat. The ban has come after three girls went missing from the village.
The ban was imposed on February 10 by self-styled social reformers of Makhnupur village under Pachrukhi police station in Siwan district, 150 km from here.
The decision was taken after three girls - including two cousins - went missing last week. They are yet to be traced.
It is a pity that Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, who claims to be a progressive and upright politician is maintaining silence on the issue. Even Meera Kumar, the speaker of Lok Sabha is from Bihar. She too should speak on the issue.
"A group of villagers issued an order to impose a fine of Rs.10,000 if a girl is found anymore using a mobile phone or wearing jeans and a T-shirt outside her house," a local police official said.
An 11-member committee has been formed to implement the ban. "Mobile phones, jeans and T-shirts are the cause of all evil in our society, including increasing love affairs and elopement," said Satyender Sharma, a villager.
In the last three months, nearly half a dozen village panchayats across the state have banned girls and women from using mobile phones and ordered them not to wear provocative clothes.
(With inputs from IANS)