Berhampur, Feb 14 (LocalWire) Several women on Thursday set ablaze huge quantities of liquor and equipment of a licensed country-made liquor manufacturing unit at Bhogara in Manitra panchayat of Ganjam district’s Buguda block.
Led by Manitara sarpanch Shantilata Nayak, the women took out an anti-liquor procession across the panchayat.
They brought liquor and other equipment outside the bhati (manufacturing unit) and set them on fire.
But there was reportedly no resistance from the employees or owners of the bhati.
Earlier, the women had submitted notices to the police and other government officials about their anti-liquor procession in the panchayat.
Besides panchayat members, members of the Self Help Groups (SHGs) took part in the anti-liquor campaign.
Their movement received support of other women of the village and its adjoining areas.
“No untoward incident was reported. The situation was normal in the area,” said a police official.
The activists alleged that rampant consumption of liquor by men are ruining several families in the panchayat. Hence, they took the initiative to end the menace by taking out campaigns and creating awareness.
“Many of the consumers are daily wage earners who end up spending their day’s earning on liquor while the women struggle to maintain families,” said Manitara sarpanch Shantilata Nayak.
Another campaigner Laxmipriya Nayak said, “Due to consumption of liquor by men in the region, cases of crime against women, domestic violence, murder, snatching and brawl among villagers have become the order of the day.
We decided to get together and start awareness against alcoholism in the areas.”