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A bride covers her face as she waits to take her wedding vow at a mass marriage ceremony at Bahirkhand village, north of Kolkata February 8, 2015. (REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri)

On the registry?

Indian minister gifts wooden bats to new brides to stop domestic abuse

May 2, 2017

Hundreds of newlywed Indian women in the state of Madhya Pradesh recently received a very unusual wedding gift: a wooden bat. The generous benefactor is their state minister, Gopal Bhargava, who says that the young brides should use the 15-inch long wooden instrument (usually used to beat dirt out of clothes) to attack their husbands in case they become abusive and just talking it out and brandishing doesn’t work. According to the AFP, some of the paddles even bore special inscriptions, such as “For beating drunkards,” and “Police won’t intervene.”

“Women say whenever their husbands get drunk they become violent,” he told the AFP. “Their savings are taken away and splurged on liquor.” He claims the gift is a way of raising awareness about the domestic abuse that many women in rural areas experience.

Read the full story at Newser.


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