MP Minister Gopal Bhargava gifts brides wooden bats for reforming drunkard husbands

Ravi Kaushal
The wooden bats were engraved with sentences like "Sharabiyon ke sutara hetu bhent" (gift for reforming drunkards).

Bhopal, April 30: To curb the menace of domestic violence by the alcoholic husband, Madhya Pradesh Minister Gopal Bhargava gifted the wooden bats to newly wed brides. Although the wooden bats are used to wash clothes in rural India, the gifted bats could be used to reform the drunkard husbands beating their wives after consuming alcohol. The minister also supervised the oath to grooms pledging non-consumption of sedatives of any kind in their lives.

The wooden bats were engraved with sentences like “Sharabiyon ke sutara hetu bhent” (gift for reforming drunkards). The move comes in the wake of the preparations by the Bharatiya Janta Party ahead of crucial Madhya Pradesh assembly elections in 2018. Mass wedding ceremonies have been considered to play an important role in consolidating voters in favour of Bharatiya Janta Party government. Shivraj Singh government had launched Mukhyamantri Kanyadan Yojana for helping the girls of poor families in getting married. Recently the government announced that newly wed brides will be gifted a smartphone under the Scheme.

#WATCH MP minister Gopal Bhargava gifted ‘Mogri’, wooden bats used to wash clothes, to 700 brides, to use on husbands if they turn alcoholic pic.twitter.com/dzEuFdUSoN

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“The Cabinet has given its nod to the proposal to gift a smartphone to newly-wed women under the Mukhyamantri Kanyadan Yojana,” Minister for Public Relations Narottam Mishra told journalists after the meeting.

He added, “This will facilitate them to use the smartphones for cashless transactions and other online works using the mobile applications.”

Mukhyamantri Kanyadan Yojana was launched in April, 2006 with an objective to provide financial help to poor, needy oor destitute families for marrying off their daughters.