Tribal children in Dhar force parents to kick liquor addiction

  • Ritesh Mishra, Hindustan Times, Dhar
  • Updated: May 15, 2016 16:38 IST
Children of Tanapur take oath to fight against alcohol addiction in their village. (HT photo)

Fed up with their parents’ addiction to alcohol, children of a tribal village in Madhya Pradesh’s Dhar, have decided to break liquor bottles and force their parents give up the habit.

Children of Tanapur village in Kukshi tehsil of the district , have coined slogans like –sharaab botel fod do, daruu peena chhod do (break liquor bottle and stop drinking alcohol) – and launched a drive by taking an oath in front of school principal and zila panchayat members.

“We believe that most of the problems of our families are due to alcohol and so we decided to take stepson our own. We will break liquor bottles if we any in our village,” said Gopal Kannnoj, 12, a resident of the village.

Children of the village were fed up with the drinking habit of their parents so they have taken oath on Sunday to fight against the social menace, said Mahendra Kannauj, a rights activist working with tribal children in the region.

“More than 60 children gathered in village school to discuss their problems,” he said.

The influence of illegally brewed liquor has increased in the area, said Virendra Singh Baghel, zila panchayat member, who is encouraging the village children in their initiative. “Country-made liquor has ruined many families in the area,” he said.

“Children of the village said their parents are addicted to alcohol due to which they are living a miserable life and they themselves decided to take steps against their families and the principal of school called me for oath taking ceremony. They took oath they will protest against their parents if they consume liquor in future.”

Baghel further said village children are now role model for the tribal-dominated region and he is encouraging children of the region to rise against consumption of country-made liquor and hooch smugglers.

Tribal-dominated villages in Dhar have reported cases of liver cirrhosis. “Earlier, tribes people used to consume toddy but for the past few decades the consumption of country-made liquor has increased, which is very dangerous,” said Kannauj.

“Country-made liquor affects their economic and health conditions. Many tribes people who were brewing liquor in their village, have started using urea for fermentation,” he said.

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