An influential khap panchayat in UP’s Muzaffarnagar has barred men from wearing shorts in public.
Panchayat leader Naresh Tikait called the practice “distasteful” and against cultural traditions.
In 2014, the panchayat had banned women from wearing jeans and using mobile phones and the internet.
Calling the move a success, Tikait said now is the time to “reform” men.
He added, imposing diktats on women alone won’t help.
The khap asserted if anyone was spotted in shorts in public, his name and address would be taken down.
Also, appropriate action would be taken against him.
Khap panchayat is the union of a few villages, mainly in north India.
Lately, they have emerged as quasi-judicial bodies that pronounce harsh punishments for rule breakers.