Anna faces Cong flak for comments on alcoholics
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Last Updated: Wednesday, November 23, 2011, 22:01
New Delhi: Congress on Wednesday attacked Anna Hazare for his remarks that alcoholics be flogged and shamed in public, saying it amounted to instigating people to take law into their own hands and weakening democracy.

"It is like instigating people to take law into their own hands. Democracy will be weakened through such acts... People who claim doing things for public welfare should make statements with responsibility," Congress spokesman Rashid Alvi said.

Taking strong exception to Hazare's controversial remarks on alcoholics, Alvi without naming him said, "Such statements will not strengthen democracy, they will only weaken it."

Another Congress spokesperson Manish Tewari equated the social activist's suggestion to the way Taliban used to punish those who did not comply with the Sharia law.

"I think the Taliban used to say the same thing. By that analogy, you will possibly have to flog half of Kerala, three-fourth of Andhra Pradesh and about four-fifth of Punjab. Therefore that's quite a tall order," Tewari said.

Taking a strong stand against alcoholics, Hazare had yesterday said in his village Ralegan Siddhi that alcoholics should be flogged and shamed in public.

The social activist had said if anyone after drinking creates trouble he would be simply warned thrice because he is "our man (belonging to our village)." The person will also be made to understand that it is not good to drink.

"But even after being warned thrice if he drinks again, then we will take him to temple and he has to swear by God that he won't drink in future.

And if even after all this he drinks then we will tie him up to the electric pole in front of the temple and then beat him up so that he gets scared," he had said.


First Published: Wednesday, November 23, 2011, 22:01

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