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AP: Village elders ban women from wearing nighties

Amaravati: At a time when the authorities in India make tall claims to empower women in largely considered male dominated societies, village elders in an Andhra Pradesh village on Friday banned women from wearing nighties' during the day time. The women can wear the nighties from 6 PM to 8AM, according to the weird move.

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In order to enforce the ban, the village seniors announced a fine of ₹ 2000 on the women failing to comply with it and a reward of ₹ 1000 to a person who will give out information about the 'violators'.

Ironically at least 2400 women in Tokalapally village have not so far raised their voice against preternatural ban or held a protest against the move, which is apparently first-of-its-kind in India.
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Instead supporting the ban, a woman claimed that the decision was taken by all the women of the village in unison to maintain moral values and prevent young women from falling to eve-teasers and rowdies.

The women used to step out in official meetings wearing nighties during the day prompting village elders to enforce the ban, reports said.

Moreover, a section claimed that women worked in their courtyards wearing nighties prompting perverts to pass lewd comments on them and even follow them.

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"In order to control such indecent acts, such decision has been taken," villagers told ETV Bharat.

While as the tehsildars have started investigations into the weird move, the fact is that the women of this village will have to comply to the ban which critics say is a blot on world's second largest democracy.



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