Girls should be banned from owning mobile phones to stop them eloping, an Indian MP has said.
His comments come amid growing fears of ’talibanisation’ in parts of Northern India, where social conservatism in both Hindu and Muslim communities has been blamed for honour killings, kidnappings to enforce child marriages, and a rash of controversial fatwas and village council rulings. Earlier this month a feudal leader said child marriage should be encouraged to halt an increase in rapes.
In a televised speech in Muzzafarnagar, Rajpal Singh Saini told his audience of a father who had sought his help when his daughter eloped.
"I asked him if he had given a mobile phone to his daughter. The person said yes," he said.
"Don’t give mobile phones to children, especially girls. I say this at all the places where I make my speeches. And if any of those kids have a mobile, take it away. What are they missing anyway our mothers, sisters, did they die without mobiles during their time?" he asked.
The MP, who serves in India’s upper house, later denied his televised remarks and said they had been misinterpreted by his opponents.
elope：動詞，（尤指出於結婚目的而與情人）私奔；出走。例句：She eloped with her lover last week.（她和情人上週私奔了。）
rash：意指「湧現」或「同時大量出現」。例句：In spite of the recent rash of problems she has experienced, she looked careless.（儘管最近已經接二連三地犯了很多錯誤，但她看起來還是那麼漫不經心。）