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United fight: Women who launched a movement for closure of belt shops in Indupriyal. -
United fight: Women who launched a movement for closure of belt shops in Indupriyal. -

J.B.S. Umanadh

Members of 24 SHGs in Medak district enforce closure of five shops

Indupriyal(Medak): It was during the regular weekend meeting that the women of 24 Self Help Groups (SHGs) decided to take on the five belt shops selling liquor in the village.

They burnt the liquor bottles including the empty ones at the Gandhi Chowk and since then the shopkeepers have stopped selling liquor and the men are said to be staying away from alcohol.

The women who are upbeat with their success have warned the belt shop owners not to smuggle liquor from neighbouring villages like Begumpet and Machanpalli. Doddi Ellamma, who was vexed with her husband spending all her day’s earnings on liquor, told The Hindu that she would not hesitate to break the legs of belt shop owners if she found them selling liquor.

Sambagu Lakshmi and Vempalli Balamma said that each one of the women in the village earn Rs. 30 per day and their husbands used to take away that money for a drink.

“They used to sleep all through the day doing nothing, what shall we eat and how could we educate our children,” Vempalli Santamma one of the SHG leader questioned.

The women of the self help groups pointed out that the men also resorted to stealing gold and silver ornaments from home to drink alcohol.

President of the Shri Ram SHG group Kadari Kanakavva says there is no going back on the issue even if there was any kind of retaliation from the men or the belt shop owners.

Potharaju Sattemma and Godameedi Narsamma who participated in the burning of liquor bottles said that next time they would seek the help of the police to stop belt shops operating in the village.

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