Policing village moral codes as women stream to India’s cities

by Ellen Barry

CITY LIFE Meena, a student in Rohtak, warns young women that moving to a city does not keep people back in the village from scrutinizing their actions. “I tell them, we have to be careful,” she said. Photo: Kuni Takahashi/New York Times

ROHTAK, India — Meena, 20, was a village girl herself, so she can recognize the changes that come when girls from the village arrive in this city as students and take their first gulps of freedom.