MA women protest opening of Bar at Rangat Bay

Report by: 
SUBRATA
NIMBUTALA
1 Jun 2017

Renewed license and opening of a liquor vending outlet at Nimbutala region in Middle Andaman registered strong protest by the women of the region on Wednesday. Addiction to alcohol is taking a toll on residents of the North and Middle Andaman, but enforcement of the Apex Court orders brought huge respite to the population. Closure of Bars, ANIIDCO Liquor Shops was largely welcomed by the people in the area. And, sudden opening of a Bar at Nimbutala Jetty (Rangat Bay area) caused big turmoil in the Rangat Bay region when women in large numbers blocked the road leading to Nimbutala demanding closure of the liquor vend.
According to the women protestors, liquor Bars operating in the Middle Andaman region for the past many years have ruined their families. “After the closure of Bars, ANIIDCO Outlets, people heaved a sigh of relief. We’ve faced numerous problems in the past. Men under extremely inebriated state come late night at home and resort to violence. Women from the fishing community here even cannot go to the public toilet here located just infront of the Bar for fear of facing the drunkards. The administration should immediately close the Bar here in the interest of the people,” said some women speaking to this Correspondent.
According to reports, the protestors met the Assistant Commissioner of Middle Andaman in the evening hours to press for their demands. The Assistant Commissioner has reportedly assured to order temporary closure of the Bar for the next two to three days and place their demands with the administration. The AC also asked their agitators to submit a joint representation to the administration highlighting their problems and assured to take up the matter with the administration.