Gujarat: Caught drunk? Organize a lamb party for the people
AHMEDABAD: Staying drunk can delay a person in this village by 20,000-25,000 rupees, since he has the mandate to organize a curry and bati lamb party (roasted wheat balls) for the whole village. This is above the fine of Rs 2,000 charged on the spot!
In the tribal village of Khatisitara of Amirgadh Taluka, the fine was introduced in 2013-14 when the village elders realized that alcoholism had become a major nuisance. The village also recorded an increase in assaults and murders as the aggression increased in men who had drunk a couple of drinks.
If someone is caught drunk, he receives a fine of 2,000 rupees. If you find a drunk creating a fuss, the fine is 5,000 rupees. In addition, it has to feed the village of 750-800 people with a feast of 'bokdu' or curried lamb with bati that costs more than Rs 20,000, says the village Khimji Dungaisa.
Only 1 caught drunk in 2018
If it is discovered that a drunk is creating an uproar, the penalty rises to Rs 5,000. In addition, it has to feed the entire village of 750-800 people with a feast of 'bokdu' or curried lamb with bati that costs more than Rs 20,000. the penalty has led to a decrease in the number of drunkards creating outdoor uproar, says the village sarpanch Khimji Dungaisa.
Villagers say that while on average three to four people were caught in the initial years, only one person was caught drunk in 2018, while so far no cases have been recorded in 2019.
The last man caught creating a fuss after drinking was Nanji Dungaisa, who has come from another village, he said.
In the neighboring village of Upala, people have almost stopped buying drinks from neighboring Rajasthan to receive guests.