By Times Headline Writer
AGRA: On the day Prime Minister Narendra Modi, called upon all Indians to ‘use’ their mobiles as ‘wallets’, a Mahapanchayat in Fatehgarhi village in Khair tehsil of Aligarh on Sunday “banned” girls from using mobile phones and wearing jeans and t-shirts. The Mahapanchayat also decided to impose fines for consumption of liquor or gambling.
Talking to TOI, Nekram Chaudhary, president of the 28 members’ council, confirmed these decision and said 200 people had gathered at the Mahapanchayat and a decision was “unanimous”.
Claiming that use of mobiles and attires like jeans and t-shirts were against Indian traidions, Chaudhary said parents of the girls found violating the dictate would be ‘punished’. He said the “punishment” is yet to be decided.
According to Bhagwati Prasad, Pradhan Fatehgarhi, the village has 15 wards and a voting population of 2000 and all were willing to implement this decision. He informed that the mahapanchayat had decided to impose fines on people caught drinking or selling liquor and indulging in gambling or satta.
Chaudhary said if person is caught gambling (playing cards) he would be fined Rs 500 and the amount in ‘play’ would be seized. He said the person who allows his premises for gambling would be fined Rs 3,100.
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He said those selling liquor would be fined Rs 5000 and a “drinker” would have to shell out Rs 500. Chaudhry said if anyone is unable to pay the fines, they would be made to clean the sewerage drains of the village.
Earlier this year, the panchayats of Basauli village in Gonda block of Iglas tehsil, Aligarh, had also banned girls from using mobile phones.
(With inputs from news agencies)