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Stay off drinks or get punched in public

india Updated: Jan 30, 2007 18:48 IST
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Boozers beware! If you dare to drink in villages falling under Bali panchayat of Fatuha block in the outskirts of Patna, you may have to cough up a hefty amount of fine and get punched in full public view.
 
Shocked. Yes, the Bali panchayat has enforced total prohibition in areas falling under its jurisdiction. As per the resolution adopted by the panchayat a fortnight ago, a person caught drinking in a public place will have to pay a fine of Rs 251 and receive five punches in public view.

The panchayat has also fixed penalty for those involved in selling liquor. A person caught selling liquor will have to pay Rs 551 as penalty and receive 10 punches.

The panchayat adopted the novel resolution following complaints from women—the worst sufferers.

Deputy mukhiya, Ranjan Kumar, said the people are being made aware of the panchayat’s resolution through traditional method of the beating of drums in villages. The population of this panchayat is about 2000.

He said, “Liquor is the root cause of all the social evils. Men often commit crime under the influence of liquor and even beat up their womenfolk. Several families have been ruined owing to consumption of liquor. You will see the results of the new resolution soon.”

Villagers said the Bali panchayat has a history of alcoholics. Some senior citizens expressed their concern over rising trend of liquor consumption among the younger generation. “We took the decision of banning liquor consumption to save the young sters,” said Laxmi Singh.

The womenfolk are all praise for the panchayat members for enforc ing the ban on consumption of liquor. “My husband used to return home drunk every night. But, he has now stopped drinking after the resolution,” said Sita Devi, a resi dent of Sahora.

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