Wednesday, 8 January 2020

Courageous wives of Bihar, India and drunk husbands

Indian wife with a broom. drunk husband.hindustantimes.com
Ever since  many of Indian states became wet soon after  independence in 1947, despite Gandhiji's protest  at that time not to encourage alcoholic drinks in any state,  drinking problems among the Indian population, in particular among the very poor,  has become a menace to the society.  Alcohol is banned in some parts of India such as Manipur and Gujarat, but it is legally consumed in the majority of states. It is said 62.5 million people in India  either drink or occasionally drink alcohol just for fun.  Since 1970s alcoholic consumption has shown a dramatic change. After 1995, it has  increased   markedly - a 106.7% increase in the per capita (this means per individual in the population) consumption.  Globally, India has become one of the largest producers of alcoholic  beverages. This fact already drove many international breweries to move into this country as the market potential was and is way high. and they could make a bundle.   India produces 65% of alcoholic beverages in South-East Asia. Most urban areas have witnessed an explosion in the number of bars and nightclubs that have opened in recent years for the middle and upper class groups. Drinking  has also given rise to many social problems on the side lines, the foremost being  domestic violence - beating or abusing wife followed by drunk driving, etc.
Husband and wife brawl. tamil.samayam.com
With  regard to ill-treatment of women in the house who are engaged in all kinds of chores  whole day- cooking,  doing laundry,  etc.,  a day's rest will give her relaxation. It is not so because of drunk husbands.  Gone are those days when  wives silently suffered all the abuses, threats  and physical violence committed by their husbands at home. Driven to the edge of exasperation and tolerance, in many households, women  have mustered enough courage to face such abusive men  and their perversion by protecting themselves not through legal action or police complaints, rather  giving them  back in their own language - a sort of vigilante  justice.  Described below is  a  weird incident in an Indian village in Bihar  in which the  drunken men were thrashed by their better halves if they would get into the house fully loaded.
Western scenario Argues wife to alcoholic husband 123rf.com/photo
In May 2013,  35 year old Baleshwar Pasi,  a poor man and an alcoholic  addict, upon entering his run-down hut in a drunken stupor,  fired a volley of abuses at his hard working wife. In the last 15 years his wife Munni had to be patiently submissive to his nasty behavior.  Her patience wore thin as she had to take care of her growing children. One day Pasi had a different reception at home  and it  was a different one that he never expected. In a drunken state, he  provoked  the devil in his  otherwise quiet wife, who happened to be part of 150 strong  all women vigilante group  recently formed in this part of the village.  Armed with sturdy brooms and bamboo sticks, she took the avatar of fierce looking Goddess ''Badra Kali'' who won't spare evil-minded  people and blasted him nonstop to her heart's content. She stopped it at last  when her husband Pasi, heavily drunk and  unable to stand steady on his shaky feet, fell on his knees  before his wife and begged  mercy to spare his life. 
The impact on him was so nasty and bad after that he never touched the brew and whenever he went past the liquor shops, he won't even take a look at them  and would recollect the lousy treatment given to him by his wife. Besides, he would see the virtual image of his wife with blood-shot eyes and broom and stick in both hands ready to thrash him in the hour and on the hour. The sight was so scary and nightmarish that it would give him the runs. 

Named   after the Hindu goddess  "Durga Vahini"  who is known to  slay demons/Assuras (evils), the group  symbolizes women's power and their rights in the society. This group banned consuming alcohol in the village and  also the entry of anybody in a drunken state.
According to  another villager one Doma Ansari, 25,  ''these women mean business,"  because he too  was a recipient of the ''broom - stick'' treatment meted out by his angered wife when he caused a ruckus  in a tipsy condition in  the village  during the same time; he moved like a male mad  elephant experiencing musth. He tasted the trash  and its effect on him and  he never wanted to take a glance at the liquor bottle.  The men in the village had no craving for the alcoholic brew, not even its odor. No temptation; if they had some kind of itching for the brew, they knew they would be pulverized by these emboldened women. 

Banauli, Rohtas district of Bihar is a small village  a 150-house settlement, inhabited by very poor  Dalits and some Muslims as well. The media reports point out poor women's all-out war on their drunk husbands  had a domino effect on them  and others in  this area. This new development changes the social fabric of this place and offers the affected women to breathe and give respite from ill treatment. It  will help them  take their lives forward to give a decent  future to their aspiring  kids. The District Magistrate  gives a full support to the anti-alcohol campaign by these maverick women. 
https://www.hindustantimes.com/india/drunk-husbands-taste-women-power/story-6OYdLaQvf7oQ8hsyH8XYTM.html.