In another instance of moral policing in India, the panchayat of Madora village in Mathura has decided to fine girls Rs 21,000 if they use cell phone outside their homes.
The decision of the panchayat members was taken in the interest of the rising rate of crimes against women and one of the reasons apparently was girls talking on the phone as they walk down the streets.
According to reports, the decision was taken by the former village pradhan, Mohammed Gaffar.
Gaffar said that they didn't want to stop girls from using phones altogether, but merely using them outside.
Apart from this, the panchayat has also decided to impose a fine of Rs 2.5 lakh on those who slaughter cows or indulge in cow theft. Those selling liquor meanwhile would have to shell out a penalty of Rs 1.11 lakh.
Gaffar also said that the Muslim community has decided to extend their support to Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanathâ€™s campaign to protect cows, and claimed that Muslims has also decided to hand over cow killers to the police.
â€śThose who provide information about cow slaughter will get Rs 51,000,â€ť he added.
Those found guilty of cow slaughter would also be â€śsocially boycottedâ€ť. In case the defaulters are not able to afford the fine, Gaffar said that the amount would be recovered through their property.
Madoraâ€™s village pradhan, Usman said that five committees would be set up to monitor and reduce crime in the village. They would report to a higher committee which would also be decision maker in the cases. In a scenario where the higher committee is unable to control incidences of crime in the village, the police would be informed, Usman said.
Similar instances have happened in the past where women have been barred from using cell phones. A Gujarat village had implemented something similar in February last year where girls could be fined with Rs 2,100 for using cell phones. Those informing the panchayat about the same were promised an award of Rs 200, according to a report in Hindustan Times.