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Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari on how alcoholism plays a part in triggering domestic abuse

Director Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari stands for cinema which is entertaining yet has a message attached with it. Apart from making critically acclaimed movies like Bareilly Ki Barfi and Panga, the director believes in causes too.  The issue of domestic violence is close to her heart. And she took to social media  to talk at length about it. 

She tweeted saying,  “As the lockdown continues domestic violence in homes continues too. With opening of liquor shops barring people who can handle it calmly & wisely, there will be silent tears of women & children who will bear effects of aggressive behaviour patterns from men with low self-esteem.”

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The director stated that alcoholism plays a huge role in the increase of domestic abuse cases in the country. She  said emphatically, “I have seen that domestic abuse is a huge thing because of alcoholism in people across strata of society. Only reactions are different. Taking to alcohol is a way of shying away from handling the situation, unless a person drinks occasionally and handles it correctly.  Right now, there are so many stories about losing jobs, not having enough money to sustain, men find a way to destress themselves and after consumption if behavioural patterns are not managed correctly, it leads to disharmony. Verbal abuse, anger tantrums, ego, low self-esteem and lack of jobs specially for daily wage or freelancers / consultants leads to some form of getaway. Alcohol is the easiest. It’s worse than smoking. If smoking can cause cancer. Alcohol can cause depression and no control over the mind which affects not only the person but also immediate family and friends.”

Ashwiny further shared the impact of domestic violence on kids, she added, “It leads to the child growing up in an environment seeing the man of the house abuse Therefore, I wrote ‘handle it calmly’, because if you do not, it leads to destruction and division of families and mental instability, of not just yourself, but everyone around you. You are going and putting the little money you can save for a rainy day, in alcohol. Then what about the family?” Kudos to you Ashwiny for striking a conversation that’s important!

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