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HindustanTimes Thu,28 Aug 2014

Give up liquor or get a beating, Jharkhand village women tell husbands

Probal Sanatani, Hindustan Times  Ghatsila, February 24, 2014
First Published: 18:49 IST(24/2/2014) | Last Updated: 18:53 IST(24/2/2014)

Realising that liquor is the cause of household miseries, about 250 women of Deuli village in Jharkhand have warned their husbands to give up alcohol and liquor sellers to close their shops or face their ire.

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The women met last Saturday in the village and threatened to beat up their husbands and demolish shops themselves if both didn't respond to their diktat within four days.

The village, which is part of Ulda Panchayat, about 15 km from Ghatsila, has 5000 households and all the male members are addicted to liquor. Reason: The tiny village has six liquor shops.

But who really raised the banner of revolt against the liquor shops and why?

She is Karmi Hembrom, 35, a daily farm wager. Hembrom told HT her husband would beat up their two children and her after consuming liquor.

"I and my children faced regular ill-treatment by him. He would spend all his earnings on alcohol. That deprived my children of proper education and diet. I was pretty upset with the routine and found out that the real cause was the liquor."

She gathered all women sufferers and called a meeting at Deuli school ground  on Saturday and decided to combat the menace unitedly.

"We immediately asked all the liquor dealers to shift from the area within four days. If they do not move out of this Panchayat then we would dismantle their shops ourselves," she said. The anti-liquor brigade even warned their husbands of severe beating if they continued to consume liquor.

In fact, the anti-liquor women brigade isn't alone. It has got the backing of Ulda Panchayat head Waquil Hembrom, who too wants to make his  area liquor-free for good.


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