Hundreds of girls at a village near Muzaffarnagar on Tuesday held their own panchayat and vowed to abandon jeans and top, and dress in accordance with the norms of Indian culture.
One of them said western-style dress was responsible for increasing cases of women’s molestation. They also decided to keep their nails short.
Surprisingly, they were silent on love marriage, which is common in western UP and causes much social disquiet.However, they decided in favour of mobile phones but not its "misuse".
A girl by the name Prachi said the mobile phone was necessary for school-going girls because with the instrument they could keep them in touch with their family members. “But girls should not misuse mobile phones and put the prestige of their families at stake.”
Recently a khap panchayat in neighbouring Baghpat district had ordered women below 40 not to use mobiles.
Chaudhary Naresh Tikait, son of the late farmer leader Mahendra Singh Tikait and head of the baliyan khap, was quick to express his happiness at the development.
He said: “We need to protect villages from urban evils. Today’s panchayat is a beginning in this direction and I hope more such voices would be raised in future.”
The panchayat was held at the residence of Sohanbeeri, a prominent woman worker of the Bhartiya Kisan Union, whose leader Tikait was.
Deepti Rana, a B. Sc student, said: “We all are educated and well aware about the customs of Indian society. I don’t need to learn Indian customs and traditions from anybody.”
Antim, a student from Dudhaheri village, said: “Now since we have adopted our dress code, panchayats should issue a verdict for the social conduct of boys.”