No mobile phones for girls, no inter-caste marriages: Gujarat’s Thakor community

No mobile phones for girls, no inter-caste marriages: Gujarat’s Thakor community


India

The Hindu


In a strong diktat to parents, Gujarat’s Thakor community has said their unmarried daughters should not have mobile phones and inter-caste marriages would not be allowed. If the directives are not followed, stringent fines would be imposed, it has warned 

The fiat was passed “unanimously” at a meeting of the community’s top leaders and elders from 12 villages in Banaskantha district. 

As per the order, “Unmarried women should not be given mobile phones. If they are caught with phones, their parents will be held responsible and they will have to bear the fine to be imposed by the community’s governing body.” It was intended for girls to “focus more on studies rather than waste time on mobile phones on social media platforms.

Suresh Thakor, a member of the governing body, said, “The rule is valid for all college-going youth from the community as they use mobile phones to create videos and waste time.” The community would offer tablets and laptops to college-going girls so that they could study with focus.

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