It’s been more than a month we all have under lockdown due to global coronavirus pandemic. While some are trying to be productive others are just impatient. From the start of lockdown, people had just one request from the government that is the sale of liquor, however, when it was finally open people broke breaking social distancing rule which led to chaos.
Talking about the long queues, Devoleena said, “No, the liquor shops should not have opened. This is the least one could’ve expected to happen. It is really sad when I see the queues all over the country, it seems as if there will be no tomorrow.”
Even Daljiet had similar thought, she said, “Maybe they shouldn’t have closed the liquor shops right from the first lockdown. My concern is that current statistics say that domestic violence has increased. Now with liquor coming home, the violence and abuse might snowball. Like one of the maids was saying the other day ‘their husband is not worried whether dal chawal ke liye paise hain ya nahin, lekin daaru ke hone chahiye’. And look at the crowds outside liquor shops, today. It was maddening. And you know what? Jisko peena hota hai, woh kahin se bhi peekar aajata hai- be it at small or cheap places selling it discreetly. So, I would say that the opening of liquor shops has backfired, today,”
In a Twitter post, Asim Riaz’ brother Umar Riaz has also shared his disappointment and stated that domestic violence will be on the rise, he wrote, “Opening up alcohol shops will only increase the domestic violence which was already on the rise in the lockdown!” While Sophie Choudry too came forward and expressed her shock seeing a massive line, she wrote, “Cannot believe the line for the #LiquorShop coming all the way around the corner! Groups coming on bikes, no social distancing like I’ve seen at other stores..I mean was this really necessary? I’m all for boosting the economy..but this?! Plus increased risk of domestic violence.”
Comedian Kapil Sharma took to social media in which he shared a picture of the crowded line in front of a liquor shop. He wrote, “Ye lo social distancing ki aisi ki taisi. Bewakuf log, sharab se hi, corona se marenge yeh.”
TV actor Karan Wahi also took to Twitter and shared, “It’s a request to the Govt to please shut these liquor shops as it’s reallly dangerous for people and specially for the cops monitoring them. If need be, home delivery services can be started but this would be really bad. @CMOMaharashtra please.”
While Karanvir Bohra shared a video and wrote, “What was the need to open wineshops ….God forbid not, but if 1 person is infected with #covid19 , what a disaster it will turn out to be….This is still “civil” enough a line as compared to the situation in Delhi and other parts #lockdownhustle”.
From Monday morning netizens started trending #LiquorShop on Twitter. The queues were seen as early as 7.30 am in many parts of the country while some even offered special prayers with flowers, coconuts, incense sticks in front of the stores.