Indian village bans mobile phones for unmarried women
According to the Associated Press its approach to this involves not letting unmarried women use mobile phones and only letting unmarried blokes use one if they have a parent with them.
The Panchayat, which is like a Parish Council, for a village with the unpromising name of Lank thinks that honour killings are getting out of hand since this newfangled mobile phone arrived in the village.
In the conservative Hindu village in northern India it is forbidden to get married outside your clan or run off with someone whom your family does not approve.
Women who do usually end up being killed. Thirty-four couples eloped in Muzaffarnagar district where Lank is located and eight women were killed by their families. Three of the women were beheaded. Rather than think that this custom of killing your offspring for running off and getting married is bad, the village Panchayat has decided that it is better to stop it from happening at all by effectively banning mobile phones.