Karnataka Assembly sparks row over mobile ban suggestion in schools

Last Updated: Sun, Jul 13, 2014 07:55 hrs

Bangalore: A house committee of the Karnataka Legislative Assembly has created controversy after recommending banning of mobile phones in schools and colleges as a measure to check rapes and molestation cases.

The ban suggestion has triggered angry reactions from many quarters with many saying it will in fact make young people more unsafe. There were several instances where mobile phones were used to lure girls to remote places and rape them.

Mobile phones are debasing the educational atmosphere in schools and colleges, said a report tabled by the women and child welfare committee in the legislative assembly here on Friday, reported The Times of India.

The paper quoted committee chairperson and Puttur MLA Shakuntala Shetty saying that the girls who return missed calls are getting into trouble. We suggest that youth shouldnt be allowed to use mobile phones till they become majors, and attain maturity. Once they realize what is right or wrong, theyll be safe, she was quoted saying.

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