MP woman fights for indoor lavatory; Sulabh comes to rescue

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SummaryAfter facing the humiliation of defecating in open for almost a year decided not to return to her husband's home.

In yet another instance of toilet revolution in Madhya Pradesh, a woman's wish to have a proper indoor lavatory will be granted by Sulabh International, after it got to know that she had a bitter quarrel with her husband over the issue and was hospitalised.

Harda resident Chhaya, after facing the humiliation of defecating in open for almost a year decided not to return to her husband Narayan Nagre's home, till he constructed a toilet at his residence.

This led to an ugly fight between the duo a few days back following which both were undergoing treatment at a hospital in Harda.

When Sulabh International Chairman Dr Bindeshwar Pathak came to know about the incident through the media, he wrote a letter to them stating that had they approached him on the issue, the situation could not have taken such an ugly turn.

Pathak informed them that he has directed his Bhopal office to construct a toilet at the residence of Nagre at the earliest, Sulabh sources told PTI.

Few months ago, Anita, a tribal bride from Madhya Pradesh's Betul district had risked her marriage and left her household in the absence of an indoor lavatory.

She was even invited by President Pratibha Patil and Union Minister for Rural Development Jairam Ramesh, who honoured her for her boldness towards a social cause.

Last week, in eastern Uttar Pradesh also, Pathak honoured three newly-wed women, including a class XII student Priyanka Bharti of Kanchanpur Kuiya village, who had refused to stay in her in-laws' home after three days of staying there while strongly objecting to the absence of a proper toilet in the house.

Pathak said by revolting against non-availability of toilets, these rural women had done a revolutionary act in India where more than 660 million people still defecate in the open causing serious diseases.

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