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    The women in a village in southern India have been banned from venturing out at day wearing clothes that are meant for sleeping in. The strict order carries with it a $30 dollar fine for defiance.

    New Delhi (Sputnik):  A group of leaders in a small village in southern India has imposed a bizarre diktat on women, asking them not to wear nightgowns at any time except at night. Ironically, the village committee or the ‘Panchayat', as it is locally called, is headed by an elderly woman. Takalapalli village Panchayat head is Fantasia Mahalakshmi who initiated the ban debate by claiming that washing clothes in the open, going to grocery stores and attending meetings in a nightie "is not good."

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    Furthermore, a fine of INR 2000 (approximately US $30) has been fixed for those found disobeying the order. Any person who reports the violation will also be rewarded with a cash prize, the village leaders have announced, according to the local daily News Minute.

    "It is being said that the money which will be collected through fines will be used for the development of the village, which comprises of 11,000 families and has a population of 36,000 people," The News Minute reports. 

    As the news about the bizarre order started being discussed on various platforms including social media, the local administration visited the village to inquire about the developments. The police failed to find any complainant against the move but the local administration is planning a suitable campaign to deter local bodies from dishing out such outrageous diktats, which it claims infringe upon a person's personal freedom, the PTI reported.

    Mainly a fishing village, Thokalapalle has nearly 1,000 families who belong to the ‘vaddi' community. According to the  2011 census, the village has a population of 3,272 and a literacy rate of 62.63%, lower than the state average of 67.02%. Male literacy in the village is 68.10%; the female literacy is 57.36%, The News Minute says in its report. 

    The reactions on social media ranged from hilarity to serious criticisms worth pondering.

    They are technically right. Night-ies should be worn in the night. 😂

    They are right…it's nightie not daytie 😂😂😂😂😂😂

    Some village in Andhra wants to ban the nightie in the day time, I hear? What do they think? Nighties are for the night?

    What do elders say about bare-chested men in lungis during daytime?

    ppl really do love policing what women wear, dont they! nighties are damn comfortable and we can wear them as we please. these elders can go to hell.

    Those Elders might have visions and prophecies in which Nighties tookover women's wardrobe completely…

    Still the dress worries the people, not the attitude of society.Surprised to see the village counsels are still controlling the Indian village even after this much years of independence.

     

     

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