Following a long protest and campaigning by Kerala media and women tribal groups, the Tamil Nadu state government owned liquor shops located in the Kerala -TN border in Attapady were closed down on Friday. But now a group of women have been protesting against the shutting down of the TASMAC (Tamil Nadu State Marketing Corporation) liquor outlet.
The outlet was closed down after the media and tribal group Thaikula Sangam protested against it stating that the shops killed the tribal men in the area.
On Saturday, about 30 women from the Tamil Nadu village, along with 50 men, stormed the streets demanding the state-run liquor outlet be reopened, The Times of India reports.
Since there is a partial liquor ban in Kerala a large number of men had been coming to this TASMAC shops, and the women vendors in the area had a good business.
â€śWe are proud that this liquor shop is one of the highest earning ones in the district. A large number of men from Kerala who come here to drink or buy liqour also provide a lot of business to the shops here, especially bakeries and shops selling snacks. Several residents of Tamil Nadu have also set up lottery shops on the Kerala side as TN has banned lotteries,â€ť Chemmeli M, a protesting women told The Times of India, alleging Thaikula tribal women â€śhave other motivesâ€ť to close down the liquor.
â€śMany of us work the whole day and want to relax with a drink or two. Now we have to take a bus or auto 10km inside Tamil Nadu,â€ťsaid M Vetrivel, a painter.