Muslim community panchayat in Rajasthan on Thursday banned girls from using cell-phones and also from dancing and singing at weddings,ostensibly in an effort to prevent incidents like Delhi gang rape.
Boys and girls are also prohibited from marrying against the wish of their family or someone from different community.
The restrictions have been imposed on the Muslim community members at Salumbar town in Udaipur district, some 400 km from Jaipur, by the Anjuman Muslim Panchayat, a minority community council.
"We have decided to ban girls from carrying and using cell phones. The decision was taken with a view that cell phones are spoiling girls," panchayat secretary Habibur Rahman told reporters.
He said that a slew of measures has been taken to ensure safety of girls belonging to the community in the area.
"The girls would not be allowed to dance and sing during wedding functions. A couple cannot get married against the wishes of their family members," said the panchayat secretary.
He added that punitive action will be taken against girls who are found ignoring the panchayat edicts