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Illegal Sale of Alcohol is an Existing Problem in Savda Ghevra

Savda- Ghevra, a slum resettlement colony lying on the outskirts of North-West Delhi has witnessed momentous efforts by women to battle injustice against them through legal means.

Substance abuse is an important health problem throughout the world including India, but prevalence and pattern of abuse vary from country to country and in different types of population. Slums have their own social and economic problems so that substance abuse may be different in this population and might be related to these problems. Savda Ghevra is one of them.

Savda- Ghevra, a slum resettlement colony lying on the outskirts of North-West Delhi has witnessed momentous efforts by women to battle injustice against them through legal means. Harshingar Active Women Cadres (HAWCs) is a team of women volunteers working to fight for the rights of women with the efficient use of law and the active citizenship model.

Illegal sale of alcohol is an existing problem in Savda Ghevra and leads to problems like domestic violence and assault. Many people waste their money on buying alcohol. One of the incidents that came up was of a family selling illegal alcohol in the C-block of the locality. This led to an influx of anti-social elements in the area which further led to crimes like sexual assault towards women and crimes against children. The women cadres or the HAWCs protested against this illegal shop. They contacted police by dialling ‘100’ and urged them to take action against these hooch sellers.

Ab Hume Hamare adhikar pta hain islye Hum ab piche nhi hatenge ……

“Mahila Samman Mahila Adhikar Harshingar Harshingar” (Voice from Community Leaders)

The cadres and other women of the locality demanded the closure of this shop. Meanwhile, the owner of the house, sensing the situation, sold the house to some other illegal hooch sellers. When the new owner tried to restart the same shop, the HAWCs of C Block again protested.

These women have a clear idea now that if the house is being used for residential purposes, it is fine but they will not allow the illegal hooch shop again. They even asked this new owner to approach the legal system and get a remedy.

This illegal shop is still closed from the last several months. This has become an example for a woman of other blocks that how the women of Savda took an initiative and came together in unity to intervene and find a solution to the social problem.

 

The views and opinions expressed by the writer are personal and do not necessarily reflect the official position of VOM.

The views and opinions expressed by the writer are personal and do not necessarily reflect the official position of VOM.
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