Diwali has come as a boon for many of the women involved in the spurious liquor business. Not because illicit liquor sales have goneup but it is time when alternative earning opportunities are coming their way. In a bid to give those in the illicit liquor business a new lease of life, the Barabanki police is now training women in the trade to create unique and beautiful diyas, completely eco – friendly.
Most homes in Barabanki now see women create lamps at homes for the festival of Diwali. Beautiful intricately designed diyas are being made with the help and cooperation of the police and district administration. With spurious liquor making a thing of the past for them many of these women are now living respectable lives with a clear promotion of the PM Narendra Modi’s VocalforLocal and Aatmanirbhar pitch.
In the weekend, the Additional Chief Secretary Home Avanish Awasthi reached the village. He not just pumped up the enthusiasm of the people ahead of Diwali, but he instructed the District Magistrate to provide as much help as he can. The Chief Minister will light these lamps with his own hands at the Deepotsav. ‘
The village Chanpurwa of Mohammadpur Khala was once known for making illegal liquor. A village known for deaths due to spurious liquor now has fast turned into a much more positive place where humanity overpowers anything that breeds deaths and despair.
Speaking to the media, the women said that ‘this village of Chanpurwa is in the Terai region. Here the men of the house used to catch fish from the nearby flowing Ghaghra (Saryu) river and used to manufacture and sell illicit liquor both. There was always a fear of the police in this work. Many were even victim to financial exploitation forcing many to flee for fear of their lives. Many as a result have been sent to jail as well.