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Feisty women take on alcoholic hubbies, have them jailed for drinking in ‘dry’ Bihar

At least three women in Sitamarhi district of north Bihar.have got their husbands arrested for consuming liquor, banned in the state since April 5, 2016.

india Updated: May 02, 2017 12:45 IST
Ajay Kumar
Ajay Kumar
Hindustan Times, Sitamarhi
Anil Paswan (left) in police custody after his wife reported him for having consumed liquor in ‘dry’ Bihar.
Anil Paswan (left) in police custody after his wife reported him for having consumed liquor in ‘dry’ Bihar. (HT photo)

SITAMARHI Upset that her husband continued to consume liquor and abused her, even after complete prohibition was imposed on Bihar over a year ago, a woman in Sitamarhi district of north Bihar took the unusual step of reporting him to the police.

Acting swiftly on her complaint, the police recently arrested the accused, Anil Paswan, from a shop near the Town police station in Sitamarhi district, about 120 km north of Patna. The police also seized a bottle of liquor the man was carrying with him.

If convicted for violation of Bihar’s stringent prohibition law, Paswan may end up spending 10 years in jail.

The Bihar Prohibition and Excise Act, 2016 , which came into force on October 2, 2016, is the most ‘draconian’ in India as it prescribes a minimum 10-year jail as punishment for consumption of liquor.and even capital punishment in certain category of cases.

Asked why she had reported her husband in a matter that might leave him facing an extended term in jail, the complainant, Mamata Devi, 25, a resident of Lohia Nagar village in Sitamarhi, said she was fed up with her alcoholic husband.

“Liquor has ruined my conjugal life. Since my marriage in 2014, my husband has been drinking and abusing me. I have now decided to return to my parents,” she said.

Mamata is not alone. Official sources said during the past fortnight, two other women from the same locality in Sitamarhi had got their alcoholic spouses behind bars, for liquor law violations.

Sunita Kumari (name changed), who, too, got her husband arrested for consuming liquor, said she did not regret her decision .

“My husband did nothing for my children or for me in the last three years. He would spend his money on liquor whatever he earned and did more harm to us than good, humiliating us in a drunken condition, almost every other day,” she said.

Officials confirmed a third woman did the same but insisted her identity could not be revealed.

The police are, not surprisingly, pleased.

“Such cases of courageous women siding with the law to get their alcoholic husbands arrested, are rare. These women must be rewarded for their bold initiative,” said SK Mishra, sub-inspector of police of the Sitamarhi Town police station.

Confirming the lodging of FIRs in all the three cases, Sitamarhi superintendent of police Hari Prasath S said: “We have even uncovered two country made liquor manufacturing units in the district since the booze ban that came into force on April 5, 2016.”

The district police and the excise department officials have arrested more than 200 people since the ban, either for consumption or for sale of liquor.

Praising the complainant women, social activist Nagendra Kumar Singh said, “The government should take firm steps to contain sale of liquor, which is still available at many places despite the ban.”

First Published: Apr 30, 2017 18:04 IST