Civil organisations in Manipur continued to protest against the move to legalise liquor in the state, which decision was taken at the September 20, 2022 cabinet meeting. Resuming their protest against legalisation of liquor in the state, the Coalition Against Drugs and Alcohol (CADA) and Meira Paibis held demonstrations at Nongpok Kakching, Imphal East and Yurembam Maning Leikai, Imphal West.
CADA, te All Manipur Women’s Social Reformation and Development Samaj (Nupi Samaj) and the Nongpok Kakchong Meira Paibi Lup organised the sit-in protest at Nongpok Kakching.
At the event, Nongpok Kakching Meira Paibi Lup assistant secretary Phanjoubam (O) Gangarani said that as the women folks are the ultimate victims of domestic violence and assaults caused by drunk menaces, the women of the state strongly condemn the legalisation of liquor. And as a mother of the society, the Meira Paibis communities strongly condemned the legalisation of licensed liquor production and sale in the state, she added.
Meanwhile, Nupi Samaj, CADA and Yurembam Awang Leikai Apunba Meira Paibi Lup had organised the sit-in protest at Yurembam Maning Leikai Imphal West. At the event, Nupi Samaj president Thokchom Ramani said, “the legalisation of liquor will deteriorate our society and skyrocket the number of widows in the state.”
How plausible is the authority’s claim regarding the production of alcohols which are harmless to the health and what good can alcohol consumption bring? she questioned. She cautioned that agitations will continue until the state government withdraw the legalisation of liquor in the state.
The protesters displayed slogans which read, ‘We condemn the legalisation of liquor’, ‘Can the liquor revenues be traded with the lives it claimed’ and ‘Is the legalisation of liquor a part of the War on Drugs’ etc.