Karnataka: Women-led march to Bengaluru, demanding liquor ban in state, to end with silent protest at Vidhana Soudha today

The 200-kilometre march, where protestors were demanding a liquor ban in Karnataka, was held under the banner of the Madya Nisheda Andolana, a women-led anti-alcohol movement. It started from Chitradurga on 19 January.

FP Staff January 30, 2019 13:42:38 IST
Karnataka: Women-led march to Bengaluru, demanding liquor ban in state, to end with silent protest at Vidhana Soudha today
  • More than 2,000 people, mostly women, will march towards Bengaluru's Vidhana Soudha and stage a silent protest, demanding a liquor ban in Karnataka.

  • The 200-kilometre march under the banner of the Madya Nisheda Andolana (MNA), a women-led anti-alcohol movement, started from Chitradurga on 19 January.

  • Renukamma, a 60-year-old woman and construction labourer from Raichur taking part in the march, died of injuries in an accident when the protestors reached Nelamangal

A 12-day march in Karnataka, seeking a complete ban on alcohol in the state, will come to an end on Wednesday. More than 2,000 people, mostly women, will march towards the Vidhana Soudha and stage a silent protest.

The 200-kilometre march under the banner of the Madya Nisheda Andolana (MNA), a women-led anti-alcohol movement, started from Chitradurga on 19 January. On Sunday, they stayed at Kulavanahalli village near Nelamangala on the outskirts of Bengaluru, The Times of India reported.

Renukamma, a 60-year-old woman and construction labourer from Raichur taking part in the march, died of injuries in an accident when the protestors reached Nelamangala, The News Minute reported. She was hit by a motorcycle while crossing the road, the news portal added.

On their journey to the state capital, the protestors spread the message of the ill-effects of alcohol in the villages they passed through. According to The Times of India, the protestors made their way through Kyadigere, Hosuru, Nityananda Ashram, Javagondana Halli, Tavara Kere, Sira, Chikkanahalli, Dodda Alada Mara Cross, CB Temple, Darga Bellavi Cross, Tumakuru, Siddaganga mutt, Adichunchanagiri mutt and Kulavanahalli villages.

However, The Hindu quoted some participants as saying that although the padayatra has nearly come to a close, no elected representative has addressed their concerns. They also claimed that Karnataka chief minister HD Kumaraswamy had called some participants but had not given any assurances.

The women called for the march because alcohol addiction is resulting in violence against women in many villages and also causing poverty, The Hindu quoted protestors as saying. "It is difficult to make ends meet for the household when men spend a large chunk of the money on alcohol. As a result, children do not get adequate nutrition and are left malnourished," Sharada Gopal, a women’s rights activist, said.

Updated Date:

also read

Supreme Court to hear pleas against Karnataka HC order refusing to lift ban on hijab
India

Supreme Court to hear pleas against Karnataka HC order refusing to lift ban on hijab

Several petitions have been filed in the apex court against the Karnataka High Court verdict holding that wearing of hijab is not a part of the essential religious practice, which can be protected under Article 25 of the Constitution

Not monkeypox, it's chickenpox for Ethiopian in Bengaluru: Karnataka Health Minister
India

Not monkeypox, it's chickenpox for Ethiopian in Bengaluru: Karnataka Health Minister

An Ethiopian citizen, who had come to Bengaluru earlier this month, had shown symptoms of monkeypox. Now, after the test it has turned out that he has chickenpox instead

Karnataka: R Ashoka rejects Basavaraj Bommai's replacement, challenges Congress to name its CM face
India

Karnataka: R Ashoka rejects Basavaraj Bommai's replacement, challenges Congress to name its CM face

R Ashoka was reacting to Congress' series of tweets on Tuesday speculating about Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai being replaced and even calling him a "Puppet CM"