Mumbai (Web Desk): Newly-wed brides in an Indian state get wooden paddles to beat their drunk husbands .

Gopal Bhargava, the state minister, gave hundreds of wooden bats to newly-wed brides , urging them to use the paddle as a weapon if their husbands turn alcoholic or abusive.

The nearly foot-long paddles are emblazoned with messages that read: "For beating drunkards" and "Police won't intervene".

Bhargava told the brides to reason with their husbands first, adding that they should "let the wooden paddles do the talking" if their spouses refuse to listen.