Women of a village in Sagar district have waged a war against the rising rate of alcoholism among male members of their families by declaring that they would not allow liquor to be sold in their area.
The women of Bhaisa village recently ransacked a couple of shops selling liquor illegally in the village. Many of them have even convinced the men of their families to join the fight.
Now the villagers have decided to pass a resolution to ban the sale and consumption of liquor in the area during the gram sabha meeting on January 26, residents of the village told HT.
The women took the matter into their own hands when they saw an increasing number of men falling prey to alcoholism. They were helped by the woman sarpanch, and together they forcibly shut down illegal liquor outlets.
In this village of over 8,000 people, over 70 % are labourers and workers in the nearby government warehouses and other places. Local women said that most men had become habitual to drinking due to which their families were suffering.
Premrani Ahirwar, the 65-year-old sarpanch, is motivating the villagers to make the area free from the tentacles of alcoholism.
On Saturday, she chaired a meeting of the panchyat, which decided that they would not let liquor, legal or illegal, to be sold in the village.
“Many men had become alcoholic due to which they were beating their wives and children. The whole family was getting badly affected. So we unanimously decided to shut down the two illegal liquor shops operating in our village and prohibit drinking in the village. We will pass a resolution on January 26 in this regard in the meeting of the gram sabha,” Ahirwar told HT.
The womenfolk of the village are happy with the initiative. “It is a good move which will help many families. During the night, villagers patrol the area so that nobody sells illegal liquor here,” said village panchyat ward member Dulare Bai Choudhary.
Social organisations like Bhagwati and Nagrik Adhikar Manch are also helping the villagers in this initiative. The villagers have also complained the local police about illegal liquor being sold in the village.
Following the ransacking of the shops, the local police have started patrolling the village.