A panchayat in the district has asked families of the minority community against allowing girls to carry cellphones and prohibit them from dancing at wedding processions in public view.
Anjuman Muslim Panchayat in Salumbur town, issued the diktat at a meeting held a few days ago after some intercaste and love marriage cases in the community. "We have asked the community families to not allow their girls to carry mobile phones outside homes. They can use it in front of their parents but not in schools or colleges so that they do not get involved with boys," Habiburrehman, secretary of the community panchayat, said.
"We are also against objectifying women so decided to ban their dance in wedding procession which is taken out in open on roads. However, there is no restriction inside their house and they can dance or sing in the function in the house," he said. Justifying the decisions, he claimed the restrictions were necessary to maintain a secure environment in the community.
"It is for the safety and security of girls. There have been cases where girls and boys in our community did intercaste marriage. It is a serious trend and our community wants to ensure that no such happening reoccurs so the community panchayat took the decision," he said.
The panchayat was "not against" the freedom of women. "We promote them to get education but at the same time, we want to ensure that they follow and honour social arrangements also." The panchayat has warned young people against love marriages as well and decided to impose a fine of Rs 51,000 on
families if a boy or girl elopes or marries against the traditional social arrangements, he said.
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