Indian Town Outlaws Cell Phones for Single Women
... To stop them from eloping
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Nov 24, 2010 11:43 AM CST
An Indian paramilitary officer, left, and an air passenger talk on their cell phones in this file photo.   (AP Photo/Gurinder Osan)

(Newser) – A council in northern India has forbidden all unmarried women from carrying cell phones, in an effort to prevent them from eloping with people of different castes. At least 23 young couples ran off and got married without their parents’ consent last year in Uttar Pradesh state, the AFP explains. “The panchayat (assembly) was convinced that the couples planned their elopement over their cell phones,” said one village elder.

“All parents were told to ensure their unmarried daughters do not use cell phones. The boys can do so, but only under their parents' monitoring,” said an assembly spokesman.

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Nov 24, 2010 11:01 PM CST
This isn't "India", guys. This is the equivalent of the backwoods retards in Georgia that still want a segregated prom. Got that?
Nov 24, 2010 9:31 PM CST
I don't like the law myself but then again take a look at our own back yard and clean up our own archaic structure of laws before we attempt to tell another totally different culture to get their chit together Hell we can't even keep our citizens from being murdered in their own homes but Americans think they have the right to judge others
Robert B
Nov 24, 2010 9:06 PM CST
Now what are they going to do while driving?