(ANSA) – NEW DELHI, JUNE 24 – The purchase of alcohol, whether it be beer, wine or spirits, often results in an unpleasant experience for Indians, despite the increasingly widespread Westernization of habits in the country. We learn this from a report in the newspaper The Hindu, which today tells of how, even in the capital, women who go alone to shops authorized to sell alcohol are heavily targeted, with looks, comments or even physical harassment from part of male customers.
The Delhi administration has long banned the outdoor consumption of alcohol near retail outlets and discourages the opening of bars and other businesses that can become meeting points for consumers. But these measures are not enough to discourage attacks on customers, as confirmed by the police, who collect frequent complaints.
The insecurity does not concern only the customers: despite the precautions, the investigation reads, the areas near the shops become infrequent for any woman who happens to pass in the area. Finally, a more subtle form of aggression lurks in the accusations of amorality that only women have to face. An example is given by Charu Pandey, 28, single professional, who lives in a residential area of Delhi: “I was in a queue, waiting to buy a bottle of wine for a dinner invitation. A customer approached me and attacked me. , screaming that women like me, who consume alcohol, dress non-traditionally and cause scandal in the streets, are the bane of Indian society. shopping for me “. (HANDLE).