HAFLONG, Sept 15 - In a bid to make their village alcohol free, women belonging to Hrangkhol community and the inhabitants of Lungkhok village, some seven kilometres from Haflong township, have imposed some restrictions on drinking � even during traditional rituals resulting in a remarkable decrease in consumption of alcohol among their males.
There are customs among almost all tribal communities on the use of home-made alcohol during traditional festivals and rituals. But with the change of time, use of IMFL in unlimited quantity has replaced the home-made �rice bear� causing social nuisance and women are subjected to a lot of sufferings. The communities also suffered economically as a result of which a good number of youths had to drop out of colleges.
It was during 2013, a few women of Lungkhok village realizing the evil effects of alcoholism decided to make their village alcohol free and formed a group. They started to create awareness among the village people on the ill effects of alcoholism and decided to take stern action against the defaulters. They also have been submitting memorandums to the SP from time to time.
As they learnt that the present DC is keen to bring down the habit of alcoholism, they have decided to approach the DC to seek his support in their fight against alcoholism.
The Vice President of Rangkhol Sonong Reformation Council (RSRC) Damshiek Hrangkhol working for the preservation of traditional faith and culture said that they admire the efforts of their women folk in making the villages alcohol free.
He also disclosed that with the active initiative of the RSRC, religious conversion has come down to zero.