It’s a relief to see Gurgaon administration stop threatening women with negligence and victim blaming.
GURGAON: Gurgaon police commissioner K K Sindhu said on Thursday that women could work at any time, even night shifts, without fear.//
But now take a look at this,
//Liquor vends that have come up around the mall are cause for more trouble . “People drink outside these vends and pose a threat to women going out of the mall . We have written several times to the administration to relocate the vends, but nothing has happened .”[link]//
Do women feel unsafe if liquor is being sold and consumed in an area? Why?
Almost every married domestic helper I have spoken to has had a problem with an alcoholic husband. The addiction and the effects seem to be the same as drug addiction – the victims (of alcoholism) don’t seem to be able to eat regular meals, hold jobs and they frequently react violence. A small number of women helpers were addicted too, and they too would be absent from work without any notice and then turn up at odd hours asking to borrow money.
Bollywood makes alcoholism look fun and funny, but does acknowledge the existence of the problem.
In real life women do seem to protest against liquor being sold.
Also note that Gujarat is one of the safest places for women (and men) in India – and it is a dry state.
So is sale and consumption of liquor related to crimes that take place in an area?