The Bihar State Women’s Commission (SWC) has tabled a suggestion that every school should ban the use of cellphones till Grade 12. According to the commission, this step would prevent incidents of sexual assault in schools. The suggestion comes in the wake of numerous rape cases registered in the state, Gulf News reported.

“Cell phones have increased the ‘maturity level’ of children who are now watching those things on mobile surely not meant for them. This has adversely impacted the social atmosphere,” Dr Usha Vidyathi, SWC member, told the media on May 6. The SWC authorities are taking the required steps to follow up on the matter.

“Sadly, the children have easy access to porn movies or video clips on the smart phones connected to the internet. This has adversely impacted the society,” Vidyarthi rued.

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They are writing to all schools in the state, requesting to ban use of cell phones among students with immediate effect. According to the authorities, using mobile phones misleads youngsters who indulge in wrong things in the virtual world.

“Sadly, the children have easy access to porn movies or video clips on the smart phones connected to the internet. This has adversely impacted the society,” – Dr Usha Vidyarthi

The SWC has also suggested that minor children arrested in rape cases should be tried in the general courts, and not in juvenile courts.

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The issue has come to the fore was put after many village councils in Bihar have already issued such orders. Recently, a village council in Phulwaria in Gopalgnaj district imposed a blanket ban on use of cellphones for school and college girls.

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