Feeds

Indian village bans single girls from mobile use

Women should be seen and not heard, right?

Website security in corporate America

Women in the Indian region of Lank will need to find a husband before a mobile phone, as single women have been banned from using mobiles for fear they'll elope.

The ruling, by the village council, isn't backed by Indian law, but in rural India that's less important as the panchayats (elected elders) of the village have effective control. They are worried that unmarried women are using mobile phones to arrange clandestine meetings that lead to eloping with members of their own clan.

Unmarried blokes will be allowed to use their mobile phones, but even they'll have to be supervised to ensure they're not setting up a midnight flit. The Guardian relays the Associated Press figures that the ban already covers 50,000 people, with neighbouring panchayats considering similar measures.

Just in the last month, the Guardian reports, 34 couples from the region eloped, with eight of those elopements resulting in honour killings three of which included the beheading of the girls by family members.

Such "honour killings" are against the law, and the police often intervene to prevent them happening, though clearly not often enough.

Mobile phone use is exploding in India, and just as in the west it's brought privacy as much as it's brought mobility. The phone offers young people a bedroom-to-bedroom connection, and those who would control that communication are increasingly being bypassed. ®

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

More from The Register

next story
Brit telcos warn Scots that voting Yes could lead to HEFTY bills
BT and Co: Independence vote likely to mean 'increased costs'
Phones 4u slips into administration after EE cuts ties with Brit mobe retailer
More than 5,500 jobs could be axed if rescue mission fails
ISPs' post-net-neutrality world is built on 'bribes' says Tim Berners-Lee
Father of the worldwide web is extremely peeved over pay-per-packet-type plans
New 'Cosmos' browser surfs the net by TXT alone
No data plan? No WiFi? No worries ... except sluggish download speed
Radio hams can encrypt, in emergencies, says Ofcom
Consultation promises new spectrum and hints at relaxed licence conditions
Google+ GOING, GOING ... ? Newbie Gmailers no longer forced into mandatory ID slurp
Mountain View distances itself from lame 'network thingy'
Blockbuster book lays out the first 20 years of the Smartphone Wars
Symbian's David Wood bares all. Not for the faint hearted
Bonking with Apple has POUNDED mobe operators' wallets
... into submission. Weve squeals, ditches payment plans
prev story

Whitepapers

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops
Balancing user privacy and privileged access, in accordance with compliance frameworks and legislation. Evaluating any potential remote control choice.
WIN a very cool portable ZX Spectrum
Win a one-off portable Spectrum built by legendary hardware hacker Ben Heck
Storage capacity and performance optimization at Mizuno USA
Mizuno USA turn to Tegile storage technology to solve both their SAN and backup issues.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
The next step in data security
With recent increased privacy concerns and computers becoming more powerful, the chance of hackers being able to crack smaller-sized RSA keys increases.