BJP national secretary Sunil Deodhar handing over 25th Baya Karve Award’ to Jaya Tasung Moyong Credit: Twitter

Guwahati: Arunachal Pradesh’s Jaya Tasung Moyong has been honoured with the ‘25th Baya Karve Award’ for her fight against drug peddling in the frontier state.

Moyong was handed the award in a ceremony on Sunday by BJP national secretary Sunil Deodhar.

The activist is part of an alliance known as Women Against Social Evils (WASE) consisting of a group of women from Pasighat in East Siang district of Arunachal. They have all lost loved ones to drug abuse or alcoholism and their mission is to combat these evils. They try to ensure that other parents do not have to endure the losses they had to deal with.

The group formed in 2016 is now a household name in Siang region due to its vigilantism and the positive impact it has made on society. They have won the hearts of the people and put some fear in those who are involved in the drug business.

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WASE has been actively organising anti-drug programs involving civil society, GBs, and PRI leaders in the district to educate the people about the ill effects of drugs, illegal peddling, and sale of illegal IMFL. They also fight against money powered elections in Arunachal Pradesh.

The award is given in the name of Baya Karve, wife of Bharat Ratna Maharshi Dhondo Keshav Karve which is known as “Baya Karve Puraskar”.

Maharshi Karve Stree Shikshan Samstha honours a lady for exemplary contribution in the field of education and social work for women each year. It is being awarded since 1996-97 and the award consists of Rs 1,00,001/- cash and a memento.

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