- A state in India has taken the initiative to prevent domestic violence in marriages
- They gifted 700 newly-wed brides with big wooden bats to fend off their husbands in case they become abusive
The Indian state of Madya Pradesh recently took initiative and given 700 new brides with wooden bats to help them in case they become victims of domestic violence.
NAIJ.com gathered that the state minister Gopal Bhargava approved it's use. At a mass wedding organsied by the government, he gave about 700 brides long wooden paddles to defend themselves.
Bhargava said it is to raise awareness of wives who become victims after their husbands drink. In his words: "Women say whenever their husbands get drunk they become violent. Their savings are taken away and splurged on liquor."
"There is no intent to provoke women or instigate them to violence but the bat is to prevent violence."
Each of the paddles is a message which reads in English: 'For beating drunkards' and 'Police won't intervene'. This move will also hopefully deter the men from abusive behaviour with and without the influence of alcohol.
Watch the video below of Nigerian celebrities talking to NAIJ.com about the whistle blowing trend: