At A Mass Wedding, Minister Gifts Bats To Brides To Fix Drunkard, Abusive Husbands

At the mass wedding, 700 new brides got the wooden bats as gift.

Bhopal: A Madhya Pradesh Minister has come up with an unusual way to teach alcoholic and abusive husbands an unforgettable lesson.

Prompted by the complaints of rural and urban women about their misbehaving alcoholic husbands, Gopal Bhargava, the state minister of panchayati raj and rural development, decided to gift wooden bats to the new brides.

At a mass wedding of 700 couples at Garhakota in Sagar district, the minister on Saturday gifted the wooden bats, locally called ‘mogri’, used for washing clothes at homes.

These bats come with a twist and have two messages printed on them that say, “Sharabiyon ke sutara hetu bhent (A gift for beating the drunkards)” and “Police nahi bolegi (Police will not intervene)”.

“The idea of gifting the mogri struck me when a woman asked me whether she should get her husband to stop drinking by beating him with the wooden bat,” Mr Bhargava told news agency Press Trust of India, adding that women often tell him that their drunkard husbands snatch away all the money under the influence of alcohol and also resort to domestic violence.

Minister Gopal Bhargava, who has been organising mass weddings for years now, also asked the brides to plant saplings and stop all illegal activities in their villages.

Mr Bhargava feels that this small step will help effect social change and abate the problem of alcoholism. “The government or police alone would not be able to solve this problem. People have to come forward,” he said.

“There are many examples in history which show that when masses intervene, things change for the better,” he told the Press Trust Of India.

Mr Bhargava told the brides to reason with their husbands first, and if their spouses refuse to listen then then “let the mogri do the talking”.

While Gujarat has been a dry state for decades, Bihar went further ahead and imposed a complete ban on liquor in the state last year. Most recently, the Supreme Court order banned the sale of alcohol within 500 metres of national or state highways.

It has been reported that ever since the sale of alcohol and has been prohibited in Bihar, the cases of domestic violence and road accidents have come down to a great extent.

(With Inputs From Agencies)

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