Holding sticks and brooms, the women marched to the liquor shop in the centre of Konar vil...

‘Every man was drinking’: how much do bans on alcohol help women in India?

Holding sticks and brooms, the women marched to the liquor shop in the centre of Konar village. It was a rare ambush in the staunchly patriarchal Bihar state in eastern India. But they were at breaking point.“In every village women were troubled by alcohol. Men harassed them on the streets. Husbands beat them at home,” says Sunita Devi, 52, a former seamstress who led the crowd. “When they saw us they gained courage that we can come together and fight.”Like temperance reformers in 19th-century Europe or North America, their protest was against male alcoholism they saw as ruining lives.It was …

 

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