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Hide Your iPhones! Indian Village Bans Unmarried Women From Using Cell Phones

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How are they supposed to complain about this without cells phones? Is e-mail banned too?

India's Village Lank has banned unmarried women from using cell phones in an effort to keep them from arranging their own marriages.

If caught using a cell phone, these women could be punished by death!

Even worse, they're still allowing unmarried men to use cell phones under parental supervision. What an absurd double standard!

This is a really awful rule, and we hope somebody speaks up about it!


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26 comments to “Hide Your iPhones! Indian Village Bans Unmarried Women From Using Cell Phones”

  1. 1

    so fucked up

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  3. 3

    Doesn't matter if anyone speaks up. India is not the USA. Opinons don't mean a thing out there.

  4. 4

    Aw, christ. What's next? Unmarried women not allowed to learn to read? That's how the slaves in America were controlled? Why not just go there? And it's all in the name of controlling someone else.

  5. 5

    that is disgusting..however what we say wont matter that is their culture…in their psychotic minds they think its ok. Just be glad you don't live there.

  6. 6

    You hope someone speaks up about it? I suppose if GAYS weren't allowed to use cell phones, you'd speak up!

  7. 7

    It's a freakin' cell phone!!! People should speak up about female circumcision that happens in other parts of the world. Now thats barbaric!!!

  8. 8

    I just got back from doing some travelling there not too long ago and people were using cell phones left right and centre and wearing whatever they wanted-I guess it just must be some areas. That's so ridiculous people can "arrange" their own marriages in other ways I'm sure, people have been doing it for centuries even without consent. Wow this is absurd.

  9. 9

    It's someone else's country. A country with it's own culture, customs, beliefs, rules and laws. If you don't want to live their then don't. This is supposed to be the shit where you say, "I'm Thankful to live in America and enjoy the freedoms we have." What anther country does is none of our business. You want to jump all up and down and say Muslims in America aren't a bunch of terrorists waiting to happen and they have a right to their religious beliefs. Well, then the same goes for a foreign country. Leave them alone and don't live there.

  10. 10

    Re: Sheriff Rusty – It's not the fact that they are not allowed to use cell phones that bothers me so much as the fact that women will be KILLED for using cell phones.

  11. 11

    What if the girls' families want them to have a cell phone so that they will be able to call for help if needed? I suppose that female safety matters less then control over their love lives.


  12. 12

    Makes people really appreciate the freedoms we take for granted in the US….. So sad for the Indian women there.

  13. 13

    Read the article attached… women won't be killed for using cell phones.
    Oh, the gullibility of Perez readers!

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  15. 15

    Re: Sheriff Rusty – You're right… I remember hearing about that at a young age, and my legs have been crossed ever since. *shudder*

  16. 16

    I am blessed to have the Freedom's here (USA), and it seems that so many other Cultures that are run by Men are doing there best to maintain control of the Females.
    Can you imagine with the way we're allowed to live our lives (females), most of us would of been stoned to death a long time ago.

  17. 17

    um, Indian is the worlds largest democracy… If this is true, it's illegal and against Indian law. Polygamy is illegal and it's still practiced by a small amount of people in the US. Anyway, some of you people need to read a book or get your news from say a newspaper or even the news rather than getting your facts from Perez. Really people, stop preaching about how awful things are in other parts of the world. Get the facts first and then you can preach whatever you want.

  18. 18

    First off, there's no place in India called 'Lank', this occurred in a place called Muzaffarnagar district. Secondly, it's not really a 'rule', it was just made by a khap panchayat (which is a traditional village council that really has no legal standing but have just been around forever, it's more of a custom/traditional sort of thing), and no woman is going to get KILLED for being caught with a cellphone, the reason they made this rule is because women were having intra-clan marriages that the village council did not approve of (and meeting and communicating with men easily using their phones), and the killings that you may be referring to are Honor Killings which are TERRIBLE and yes, women do get killed for disobeying their family by trying to marry outside their caste or clan, but they do NOT get killed simply for using a damn cellphone.

    This is really just a sign of desperation on the part of the khap panchayats to gain back some power because they really don't have much left anymore.

    Perez please don't "report" on actual newsworthy events because you clearly don't do your research.

  19. 19

    Re: Aroundkdash – This post also made me mad. The post wasn't even copied properly from the original article and Perez misstated what was said in the article. The original article, also, wasn't at all reliable. I've lived in India, and this article is just perpetuating the misconception people have about the country. The Indian government would never let this be a law.

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    Re: Serena Loves Mario – I know right! I couldn't agree more! Although I've got to say, this is not nearly as stupid as Rihanna claiming she couldn't go to Katy Perry's wedding in India because there aren't cellphones and internet in the area they were staying at..I mean come on they were staying at a bloody Taj Hotel!

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    Re: Aroundkdash – That was ridiculous, too! I've been to Jaipur, where the wedding was held, and not only did my cell phone work, but my hotel had internet - and I wasn't even at a 5-star resort.

  22. 22

    That sucks! =[

  23. 23

    We're in 2010, this is sad. That must be one very insecure village.

  24. 24

    thats terriable, but i doubt it will stick, this just sounds like an absurd village on a power trip trying to make its own laws, pretty sure they cant do that under indian law, and most indians arnt that strict AT ALL these days

  25. 25

    Hearing things like this makes me so happy to be an American. This is unfathomable.

  26. 26

    I can't say I'm surprised. Women are treated like crap all over the place.