Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Bravo Alcohol Lady !

Jyoti Deshmukh of Nashik took to her hands when it came to alcohol. Her husband was an alcoholic who used to come home drunk everyday and abuse her mentally, physically in front of her two little girls. A year back, when it went beyond her tolerance level, the tortures and the pains, she decided to stand up against it and started off by speaking to other ladies who had similar fates. Assembled all, they decided to do something about it - curb it from the root.

They contacted police and other related offices, distributed pamphlets, did everything they could. Slowly and slowly other people also joined in.

And today they don’t have a single alcohol shop in their area. The shops were forced to close down.

A small but powerful step. On teacher’s day I salute her. She has taught us an important lesson. Lage Raho Jyoti taai.

Current song- Priteech Jhul Jhul Pan


5 comments:

fleiger said...

Domestic violence is one of the leading issues in India. And alcohol must be in top 5 causes for it.

Have you read "Bhayya Nagpurkar" by Pu La Deshpande by any chance? The connection is a long one... will tell you only if you haven't read about it.

Cuckoo said...

Not only in India, domestic violence is a major issue all over the world, the only thing that changes is how it is practiced.
No, I haven't read it. Does that mean a post on this is coming up soon? :P

fleiger said...

Post on PuLa? I wouldn't dare really. Too much to say, and I am too small a writer to give it justice.

Cuckoo said...

Have you read "Bhayya Nagpurkar" by Pu La Deshpande by any chance? The connection is a long one... will tell you only if you haven't read about it. <--- What does this mean?

fleiger said...

Oh... Bhayya Nagpurkar is a Nawabi Brahman character (did you get that?). Once when PuLa visits him, he is drinking, and they start talking about his drinking habit. He says, "I can stop drinking any time. In fact I did not drink for the whole time Gandhiji's satyagraha was on. But I hate the poor people who drink their entire salary while their families are starving"
The last line... that's the connection (though I have butchered the feelings in translation)