The Earth Times website reports today (November 26, 2010) that a powerful caste council in India's northern state of Uttar Pradesh has banned unmarried women from using mobile phones, in order to prevent marriages across caste divides.
The Bailyan council made the decision this week, because 23 young couples eloped and got married against their parents' wishes over the past year.
There have been several cases in recent years in which young men and women have been ostracized -- or even killed -- for marrying against rules regarding inter-caste weddings.
All parents have been told to ensure that their unmarried daughters do not use any cellphones. Their unmarried sons can still do so, but only under their parents' monitoring.