Band, baaja, brawl: Baraat not allowed in this village post 7pm

BELAGAVI: Worried that drunken brawl between youths and blaring tune is disturbing the 'tradition' of their village, residents of Belawatti have imposed restrictions on baraat. The marriage ceremony procession must conclude via 7pm, else a high quality of Rs 10,000 will be imposed on the organizer.
With a inhabitants of three,500, Belawatti in Belagavi taluk is surrounded via thousands of cashew trees. Though cashew cultivation made the village filthy rich, some other people make liquor from cashew apple. There also are quite a few illicit liquor production units around the village. With the youths addicted to illicit liquor, public nuisance is a commonplace sight right here. Not even a single baraat in the village goes incident-free. Drunken youths dancing to loud tune all the way through such events are a commonplace sight. Ugly fight erupts when they are requested to wind up the baraat.

Things went from bad to worse a month ago when a bunch of about 50 inebriated youths disrupted a three-day non secular programme in the village.


Fed up, girls staged a protest in entrance of the gram panchayat office, not easy a ban on liquor in the village. The protest shifted to the DC's office in Belagavi, but the government took no realize of their fear. Finally, an open assembly was held and the Gram Vikas Committee and GP participants banned the sale of liquor and late-night baraat in the village.


"We passed a resolution in the gram panchayat meeting about three weeks ago. The aim is not to collect money, but to create fear among the youths. The decision has yielded positive result as over 70% of youths have quit alcohol and no unpleasant incident has been reported in the village. The neighbouring villages have appreciated our decision and are planning to impose same rules there," mentioned Omani Bhogan, a villager.


"Youths of the village were addicted to liquor as there are many illicit liquor manufacturing units around the village. Several families were suffering due to liquor addiction. So we decided to ban liquor manufacturing and sale in the village. Strict action will be taken against inebriated people who create ruckus during wedding processions and other programmes," mentioned Vaishnavi Monappa Sutar, Belawatti GP president.


Band, baaja, brawl: Baraat not allowed in this village post 7pm Band, baaja, brawl: Baraat not allowed in this village post 7pm Reviewed by kailash soni on April 17, 2018 Rating: 5
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