After securing women’s entry at shrines, Trupti Desai to campaign for liquor-free Maharashtra

After securing women's entry at shrines, Trupti Desai to campaign for liquor-free Maharashtra
Trupti Desai. Picture Courtesy: The National

After successfully campaigning for women’s entry in religious places, Trupti Desai, gender equality activist and the founder of the Bhumata Brigade, is now set to launch a new campaign for a liquor-free Maharashtra.

“I am going to launch the statewide campaign soon, and it will start from Pune. There are more men who consume liquor but its the women suffer most because of it. Liquor consumption also increases domestic violence; Hence I am keen on setting up ‘Taigiri’ groups that would extend support to women suffering in such cases,” Desai told news agency PTI today.

“If a district like Chandrapur can successfully implement a flat ban on liquor, why not entire Maharashtra state follow suit,” Desai said.

If Guardian ministers of each district initiate the process, liquor ban can be implemented in a few days, she felt.

Desai alleged that the state government seems to be not concerned with key issues of liquor consumption and its impact on lives of people, especially women in this state.

“After holding a couple of meetings with the members of the Brigade, I will soon launch the campaign,” Desai said.

“I am going to follow the path of Mahatma Gandhi during my agitation across the state. If the state fails to take appropriate steps, then I am going to intensify the agitation,” Desai warned.

Most recently, the Bihar government banned the sale of liquor in the state to fulfill its campaign promise. However, the decision was later overruled by the Patna High Court and is currently being heard by the Supreme Court.

Desai had earlier campaigned for women’s right to enter religious places like the Shani Shingnapur Temple, the Mahalakshmi Temple and the Trimbakeshwar Shiva Temple.

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