Women’s protest forces local liquor trader to flee Odisha’s Dhenkanal village
Dhenkanal: In order to liberate their village from the evils of alcohol, women staged a protest, forcing liquor vendors to flee in Dhenkanal district of Odisha on Thursday.
According to sources, several women from Baghabasa village under Kankadahada police boundary staged a protest in front of the house of the country’s liquor dealer. Armed with sticks and ropes, they brandish slogans against alcohol consumption and its harmful effects on society.
As the women continued their protest, the liquor dealer came out of the house and tried to calm them down. But the restless women argued and insisted that he put an end to the illegal trade.
When the shopkeeper did not give in to their demand, the women tried to drag him out of the house. Seeing himself harassed by the women, the merchant managed to slip away and fled into the forest through the back door of his house.
The women said they tried to meet the liquor dealer to tell him to stop selling the country’s liquor, but he managed to evade them. Knowing that he was present in the house that day, they gathered and organized the demonstration.
“We will continue our protest against the liquor trade to save our families and prevent the peace of the village from being disturbed. If the trader comes back, we will face him again to take over the business until he stops selling alcohol altogether,” said Urbasi Nayak, one of the protesting women.