Anti-liquor campaign lowers cases of domestic violence in Achham villages

- MENUKA DHUNGANA, ACHHAM

Aug 21, 2018-

Achham district is on its way to becoming a dry district with several villages actively banning the sale and consumption of alcohol to lower the cases of domestic violence and other social crimes.

The campaign that was originally started by women’s groups as a measure against growing domestic violence cases is slowly getting support from men.  

“For the first time, we have men supporting our campaign. Their support has been vital to the campaign’s success,” said Pramila Dhungana, who leads a campaign committee in Pipaltola village.   Besides, the anti-liquor campaign has also won support of the local units, police and the district administration.

“This has been a collaborative effort of all stakeholders. Before the campaign, Achham used to witness many cases of domestic violence and social crimes. By stopping sale and consumption of alcohol we have succeeded in lowering the number of crimes,” said Bedraj Dhungana, secretary of the committee.  

Sarita Upadhyay, vice-chairperson of Mangalsen Municipality, said the municipal office fully supported the campaign.

“It is a positive movement that has saved many families in Achham. Our women and children are safer and happier now, thanks to this campaign launched by women’s groups,” she said.

According to the District Police Office, alcohol abuse is the main reason behind most cases of domestic violence.

“At least 200 cases of domestic violence were reported in the district in the last fiscal year. We have not just seen fewer incidents of domestic violence, but fewer number of crimes after the campaign was launched,” said Deputy Superintendent of Police Rukesh Tandukar.

Published: 21-08-2018 07:43

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