The Sunderbari council in the eastern Indian state of Bihar claims the phones were "debasing the social atmosphere" by encouraging elopement.
In addition to the ban, the Sunderbari village council in a Muslim-dominated area 400km east of Patna, the capital of Bihar, has also imposed a fine of 10,000 rupees (€140) if a girl is caught using a mobile phone on the streets.
Married women would have to pay 2,000 rupees.
Village bans women from using mobile phones ‘because they lead to affairs’ - Asia-Pacific, World News - Independent.ie
Last week we had reports of Indian women being arrested for posting completely inoffensive and legitimate commentary on Facebook. Now a ban on women using phones. Is Indian society trying to shut women up altogether?