The Indian state of Uttar Pradesh is in the news again after a village council issued a diktat banning jeans and mobile phones for women.
The Muslim village near Muzaffarnagar imposed the ban after a meeting of village elders and it has now been extended to ten other villages. The decree also recommends that only married men should be allowed to carry mobile phones. The story shines a light on the murky world of Khap Panchayats, councils of elders who operate as a parallel justice system in India, imposing arbitrary punishments for perceived social transgressions that have extended to murders and rapes in extreme cases. Read more: timesofindia.indiatimes.com