Worried that drunken brawl between youths and blaring music is disturbing the ‘culture’ of their village, residents of Belawatti have imposed restrictions on baraat. The wedding procession should conclude by 7pm, else a fine of Rs 10,000 will be imposed on the organizer.
With a population of 3,500, Belawatti in Belagavi taluk is surrounded by thousands of cashew trees. Though cashew cultivation made the village prosperous, some people make liquor from cashew apple. There are also a number of illicit liquor manufacturing units around the village. With the youths addicted to illicit liquor, public nuisance is a common sight here. Not even a single baraat in the village goes incident-free. Drunken youths dancing to loud music during such events are a common sight. Ugly fight erupts when they are asked to wind up the baraat.