Ban on Indian women using mobile phones
Unmarriedwomen have been banned from using mobile phones in an Indian village — to stop them arranging forbidden marriages that are often punishable by death.
Lank village council, in northern India, decided yesterday that unmarried men can use mobiles, but only under parental supervision. Local women's rights groups criticised the measure. The council fears that young men and women are secretly arranging marriages, forbidden under Hindu customs.