A nine member committee of elders of the Tokalapalli village in Andhra Pradesh have prohibited women from wearing nighties from 7 AM to 7 PM and if someone is found not following the ‘rule’, a fine of Rs 2000 will be imposed on her. Furthermore, a ‘prize’ of Rs 1000 has been earmarked for the person who informs village elders about women not adhering to the dress code.
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.
Tokalapalli sarpanch Fantasia Mahalakshmi said that washing clothes in the open, going to grocery shops and attending meetings in a nightie “is not good”.
After reports of the new rule surfaced in local media, village’s Tehsildar Sundar Raju and police sub-inspector Vijay Kumar visited the area to analyse the situation. However, to their surprise, no woman came forward to oppose the decision.
Police officials further pointed out that the men in the dead end village of Kolleru lake move around in shorts and lungis. The police say that the only thing they can do is to carry out a vigorous campaign against such rules.