Single Women Are No Longer Allowed to Use Cell Phones in Indian Village

Imagine not being able to use your cell phone. No emails, no conversations, no texts, no social networks. Nothing that is part of modern living.

Now imagine you not only do not have a cell phone, but you are completely banned from using one. Not even for an emergency call, not even to work. If you are caught with a cell phone, you are fined.

This is a real-life scenario for girls and single women living in a village in Gujarat, the westernmost state in India. They are, by law, not allowed to use cell phones. At all.

The ban went into effect on Feb. 12, 2016 and prohibits girls and single, unmarried women from owning or even using a cell phone, whether that phone belongs to them or someone else. If caught doing either of these things, the women are fined. The fines aren’t cheap, either and can cost a woman up to Rs 2,100. For comparison, the average daily wage of a citizen of India is approximately Rs 200.

Informers of anyone disobeying the ban, on the other hand, are given a reward of Rs 200.

The only exception to this rule is if the girl or single woman wants to talk to a relative. In that case, the phone must be passed to her by someone who falls outside of the ban – a married woman or a man.

Devshi Vankar is the person behind the cell phone ban. Vankar is the elected head of the Gujarat village of Suraj, which has a population of 2,500. He defended his new law to the Hindustan Times shortly after it went into effect.

“Why do girls need cell phone? Internet is a waste of time and money for a middle-class community like us,” he said.

Vankar claims that girls and single women should be spending their time studying instead of being on a call phone.

An alcohol de-addiction drive that was aimed at men is said to have prompted the cell phone ban.

“Community leaders felt that just like liquor, the use of mobile phones by unmarried women was a nuisance to society,” Vankar said.

While alcohol addiction is a very serious disease, using a cell phone has not been found to be a life-threatening addiction.

In the meantime, the cell phone ban has potential to spread to other parts of Gujarat.

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99 comments

Jim Ven
Jim Ven9 months ago

thanks for sharing.

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william Miller
william Miller10 months ago

thanks

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Siyus Copetallus
Siyus C1 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

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Colleen Prinssen
Colleen Prinssen1 years ago

"yeah but isn't India kind of good with animal love welfare and India is getting a good way with banning testing"

i like here on this site, in animal issues, people make India out to be some country full of the highest enlightnment with treating animals well, and knowing every medical cure. but are allegedly crap to women.

shows where some people's priorites lay.

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Nimue Pendragon

India is so backward.

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Fi T.
Past Member 1 years ago

Something logical and sensible, please

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Donna T.
Donna T1 years ago

Thank you.

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Joan E.
Joan E1 years ago

Women, rise up. Get your power back. Don't stand for this. Unite and take control.

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Anne F.
Anne F1 years ago

limits on technology and communication don't seem modern to me

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Amanda M.
Amanda M1 years ago

And yet there's no problem with single MEN having cell phones.... Yet another example of throwing women under the bus in the name of "protecting" them!

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