Chikkamagaluru: Reports are often heard from various parts of the country about women agitating against alcohol joints operating at prime spots.
Their anger is righteous and understandable, since they happen to be at the receiving end back home. Their complaint is that the menfolk get addicted to the habit and keep drinking every day, thereby ruining peace and financial security in the family.
A group of villagers, with women outnumbering men, arrived in vehicles here on Tuesday and turned up at the office of the deputy commissioner. On enquiries they said that they had come from Chatnahalli and Agrahara villages in Kadur taluk.
Curiously enough, they were not demanding better facilities or infrastructure or school or roads or shifting of a liquor shop away from their village.
On the contrary, all they wanted was an assurance that a ‘brandy shop’ – a common name for an alcohol outlet – would not be shifted out of their village. They told the mediapersons that they depended on agriculture and made a living by hard physical labour.
They said that at the end of the day, literally so, they needed relief and rest with a right dose of alcohol. If, as proposed, the liquor outlet was shifted to Sakharayapatna, they would have to spend Rs 50 per head on transport. There would not be any problem to anyone if the present shop continued to operate.
When they categorically stated that they wanted the brandy shop to continue to function to enable them to rid themselves of the fatigue after hard work, DC Shadakshari, additional DC Vaishali and the escort staff could only break into smiles, although they were taken by surprise.
According to sources, there was another side to the story. Earlier on the day, a group of women from the same villages had come to stage a rally demanding that the liquor shop be moved out of the two villages.
The second rally was in fact a counter-protest, which was reportedly sponsored and motivated by the liquor lobby.
Jokes were heard among those who were present. The amount of Rs 50 saved on transport, as claimed by the women, would get recycled into liquor in any case, they felt.
Besides, some commented that after travelling all the way to Sakharayapatna to have a drink and returning home, the ‘kick’ obtained would have vanished.
That could be the point they were trying to make, some citizens opined. If it is true, no cheers for that.