As a backdrop of the government's decision to lift prohibition, many youths have started consuming liquor in the open streets late at night, which is an aggressive act of demoralising the morals and characters among youths, alleged president of Khunthokhanbi Nisaband M Ibeyaima.
"When we tried to convince the youths about the ill-fated nature, the youths replied: go and ask CM Biren as he is the one giving us the permission," she added.
Demanding revocation of the cabinet decision to lift prohibition, a sit-in protest was staged along the Thangmeiband DM College Road in Imphal West on Thursday. It was jointly organised by Nupi Samaj; Khunthokhanbi Nisaband; THAU Meira Paibi and THANIL.
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The night scenario of Manipur which we witnessed after the news for legalisation clearly shows that liquor will destroy the future of Manipur, said the president.
Moreover, the cabinet decision is against the 50-years-long movement of banning liquor by the Nisaband and Imas of Manipur, she added.
Considering all the ill-fated outcome and leaving aside the revenue generation, the state government should immediately revoke its decision to legalize liquor, she added.
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President of Nupi Samaj Thokchom Ramani said it is a universal fact that drinking is injurious to health and it is the factor leading to various crimes against women including domestic violence.
At last, the victims of legalising liquor will be women and children, she said questioning why can't the government, who considered themselves as highly literate, foresee such an outcome.
Stating that the Imas of Manipur will never allow legalisation of liquor, she called on the government to revoke the decision of legalising liquor at the earliest.
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