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."
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.
#weird— Rajeev Agrawal (@FattyMotu) November 10, 2018
In Andhra village, wear nightie before sunset, pay Rs 2,000 fine
For the past nine months, women in a village in AP’s West Godavari district have stopped wearing the flowing ‘nightie’ during the day.
Any woman found wearing a nightie between 7am and 7pm is fined Rs.2000 pic.twitter.com/MZHMScihku
"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.
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.
Right..had Andhra women called them kaftans or maxis instead of nighties wudnt hv faced the ban..hope Gujarat women take the cue..if u want to wear a long dress the whole day why call it nighty?😜— Neelu (@coffeetime112) November 11, 2018
They are technically right. Night-ies should be worn in the night. 😂
— Amit GK (@amitkal) November 9, 2018
The way around the ban is to start calling it day-sies.
They are right…it's nightie not daytie 😂😂😂😂😂😂
— Aditya (@adiyashraj) November 10, 2018
Some village in Andhra wants to ban the nightie in the day time, I hear? What do they think? Nighties are for the night?
It is our NATIONAL DRESS!— Aparna Karthikeyan (@AparnaKarthi) November 10, 2018
DON'T TOUCH IT!
What do elders say about bare-chested men in lungis during daytime?
— Greenmoss (@Moonbirdtweets) November 9, 2018
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.
— Young Plain Bhujia (@tinypunches001) November 9, 2018
Those Elders might have visions and prophecies in which Nighties tookover women's wardrobe completely…
Don't ridicule them…— Sankar (@iamsangan) November 9, 2018
They are saving the world from wardrobe malfunction…😂
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.
— LINO JOHN (@linojohn90) November 10, 2018