So is sale and consumption of liquor related to crimes that take place in an area?

It’s a relief to see Gurgaon administration stop threatening women with negligence and victim blaming.

//Women can work 24×7: Gurgaon police chief

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.

Women attacked for protest against sale of liquor

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?

Related posts:

1. Alcohol: Age Limit, Gender Limit, Class Limit…

2. Which city in India, do you think is the safest city for women? Do women in that city stay at home after dark?

3. How does the Gurgaon administration make it even more difficult for women to find employment, and stay safe on Gurgaon roads?

4. No, not a dry day.


No, not a Dry Day…

In ‘Lage Raho Munnabhai, Munna Bhai and Circuit want to be famous for following Gandhi’s ideals and they are dreaming of roads and holidays in their names, but they don’t want a Dry Day in their name. Later, the ease with which Munna Bhai gives up drinking for the girl he loved, can only happen in Bollywood movies. In real life it’s not possible to give up addictions so easily.

I had not given Gandhi and Alcoholism much thought until I saw a maid servant’s swollen face. There’s a law that makes this battering a crime, but no law prevents her husband from getting criminally sozzled. In today’s India, buying liquor is easy – just up to walk to the neighborhood vendor/bar/shop/haath batti.
He is not just ruining his own health (which is his own business), not just abusing his family, (does not provide for them, beats them etc.) but he is also a criminal or criminal-in-the-making, he would do anything illegal or legal to get his daily dose. Once drunk he is a threat to civilized society. But no law prevents him from getting drunk.
Alcohol addiction is as bad, and as ruinous as drug addiction: This guy’s days begin when he wakes up around 11 am, and starts looking for money for the next dose, he eats little, remains unhappy and snappy, his children may go to bed hungry, but he really is beyond all help. Once he stole somebody’s brass knocker to buy daru and was caught and beaten. He and thousands more like him, would sell anything that can be sold, in some cases this includes their girl-children. Most of the time the children are taken out of school and sent to work, often far away from home. He has to have his daily dose. We have seen Bollywood villains selling their long suffering wives’ mangalsutra to buy desi liquor – much worse happens in real life.

Gandhi traveled all over the interiors of India and made the same discovery many years ago, but today, even a movie based on his teachings does not seem to realise the seriousness of alcohol abuse.

This violent, abusive, even dangerous man is ill and needs help. He should be next on Ramadoss’s agenda.