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Old 15th December 2012, 05:59 PM   #1
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Indian Village Bans Cell Phones for Women

http://www.newser.com/story/158827/i...for-women.html

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(NEWSER) – A village in north India has outlawed the use of cell phones in public by women because the (male) council elders say they're leading to elopements, reports Reuters. "It always gives us a lot of embarrassment when someone asks who has eloped this time," explains the head of a committee tasked with enforcing the ban in Sunderbari village. Single women will be fined about $180, and married women about $40.

"Even married women were deserting their husbands to elope with lovers," says the enforcer. "So, we decided to tackle it firmly. Mobile phones are debasing the social atmosphere." As the National explains, such laws are not unusual in northern India, and the Supreme Court has asked state governments to investigate the local councils.
What a backwards country.

Starting with the assumption that elopements are a problem.
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Old 15th December 2012, 06:04 PM   #2
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...elders say they're leading to C,


What is " C " ?
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Old 15th December 2012, 06:06 PM   #3
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Cell phones and rental by the minute are a growing cottage industry in small villages in India, and that empowers the women who are doing it.

This is nothing more than a way to try to strip the empowerment, and push the women back into virtual slavery.
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Old 15th December 2012, 06:17 PM   #4
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Originally Posted by Skeptical Greg View Post

What is " C " ?
Sorry, my bad:

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(NEWSER) – A village in north India has outlawed the use of cell phones in public by women because the (male) council elders say they're leading to elopements, reports Reuters. "It always gives us a lot of embarrassment when someone asks who has eloped this time," explains the head of a committee tasked with enforcing the ban in Sunderbari village. Single women will be fined about $180, and married women about $40.
I must have done that accidentally.
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Old 15th December 2012, 06:22 PM   #5
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Originally Posted by Skeptical Greg View Post

What is " C " ?
C = Elopements

/duh
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Old 17th December 2012, 09:34 AM   #6
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If the daughter elopes with her significant other... does the dowry have to get paid?

I assume that if this is the case, then possibly a big reason for the push for this ban are the boy's parents going nuts because they're not getting a dowry from the bride's family. If that's not the case, then... I dunno.
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Old 17th December 2012, 01:24 PM   #7
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I'd make a joke "You'll learn to love him, just like I did! " but picking someone for love seems to be statistically much more disastrous.
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Have the men in the village considered the possibility that the women find them revolting and are seeking less repulsive suitors?
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Old 17th December 2012, 08:42 PM   #9
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Have the men in the village considered the possibility that the women find them revolting and are seeking less repulsive suitors?
If they considered it, do you think it would matter? It's not like they're going to try to solve the problem by trying to be less repulsive instead of forcing the women into a local marriage.
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