Angered by the drinking habit of men coming from neighboring Bihar villages in Jharkhand to consume alcohol, the women of a village in Jharkhand have embarked on a unique alcohol ban campaign where they prevent these men from consuming alcohol in their villages and destroyed local breweries.
Alcohol ban in Bihar has become a scourge for many villages in Jharkhand.
Every day, hundreds of groups of men from Bihar cross to the border areas of Jharkhand to consume alcohol. For this reason, the women living in the villages of Jharkhand decided to take it upon themselves to protect their villages and to ban these alcoholic men from crossing into neighboring Bihar.
Women in Asnakoni village in Satgawan block of Jharkhand, located near Nawada district in Bihar, started guarding their village with sticks and wooden blocks to prevent alcoholic men from coming from outside the town. This campaign, launched a month ago, has become the subject of conversation in the city.
Women living in Asanbani village also demolished half a dozen liquor breweries selling alcohol illegally. The police are also helping the women of this village to bring this initiative to life. A meeting of men and women living in the village was held on the instructions of a self-help organization in which it was decided that all people would form a group and guard the border of the village carrying sticks and logs all day and all night. As a result, alcoholic men from Bihar dare to enter this village.
Similar to Asanbani village, a meeting of residents is now being held against alcohol consumption in Danua and Chordaha villages as well as Chatra district of Chauparan in Jharkhand, adjoining Gaya district of Bihar. In these regions, too, the inhabitants started a movement against the prohibition of alcohol.
Asha Devi, one of the women leading the campaign to ban alcohol in Asanbani village, says that due to the entry of such men into her village, it has forced the residents to here to take such a step.
The situation was such that there was a gathering of alcoholic men from Bihar entering the village every day. Incidents of frequent scuffles and assaults had become commonplace in the village, negatively impacting children and women.
Residents of Asanbani village warned those who were selling alcohol illegally, after which they demolished several liquor breweries selling alcohol illegally.
Anita Devi, a social activist from Anganwadi center in Asanbani village, says her village identity has been tarnished due to such men entering her village from Bihar.
People have now started to know this village by its original name Kalali Mod. She says people in her village have also asked for help from the police and the district administration.
“Police Station Chief Uttam Baidya has also fully supported our campaign against the alcohol ban,” Anita said.
Local youths led by Manoj Dangi from a local self-help organization have also come forward in this alcohol ban campaign.
Last week, people traveling in a Bolero car, who came to drink alcohol from Bihar, were swept away in the Dhadhar river at Parsatari under the Bhaghar panchayat in Chauparan, beside Bihar. Three drunken men in the Bolero car also drowned in the river and were rescued with the help of locals here. Now the people of this village are also waging a campaign to stop the disbelievers coming from Bihar from consuming alcohol here.
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