In April, Bihar’s Nitish Kumar government passed an Act to enforce partial prohibition in state, banning only country liquor.
But recently, the government extended the ban to non-country liquor (Indian Made Foreign Liquor or IMFL). Not only that, the law is now much more stringent, and even draconian.
Some of its provisions include:
- All adults of a family will be penalised if liquor found at home, including the wife of an offender
- It’s a non-bailable offence so only courts will decide what to do in such cases
- If utensils with a mix of sugar or jaggery with grapes are found in any house, owners will be penalised
- Homeowners must inform police if tenants drink
- If a group is found to be a frequent offender, a collective fine will be imposed
- The police can confiscate property if liqour is found to be consumed or stored
Women voters across Bihar had asked for a total ban on liquor which seems to have prompted the state government to bring in these measures. Quite ironically, it now threatens to hit the very group that it aims to benefit – women.
And these strong reactions are exposing this very absurdity:
Kolkata-based daily The Telegraph did it in style
Wife stops husband from drinking liquorHe beats her upBut she’s arrested too as he’s drunkFriends brothers CountrymenWelcome to Bihar— Gita S. Kapoor (@GitaSKapoor) July 30, 2016
& some see hope in nitish? wife harried by alcoholic husband will now be jailed for his drinking https://t.co/wbQn04yPRZ— Hartosh Singh Bal (@HartoshSinghBal) August 2, 2016
Rekha Sharma, member of National commission for women, too hit back
Obnoxious law of #bihar where if husband will drink the wife will also get booked.Does husbands listen to the wives where drinksR concerned?— rekha sharma (@sharmarekha) August 1, 2016
(Feature image source: Reuters)