Wooden bats gifted to 700 brides to beat husbands if they turn alcoholic

Madhya Pradesh Minister Gopal Bhargava decided on an unusual present a 'mogri' or a wooden bat-- for nearly 700 brides at a mass marriage ceremony. The gifted mogri even bears the caption 'sharabiyon ke sutara hetu bhent, police nahi bolegi'. While the mogri is traditionally used to wash clothes, the minister has advised the brides to use it on their husbands if they turn alcoholic or harass them and refuse to mend their ways. The minister informed that the step was initiated after women from the region often complained to him about their alcoholic husbands.