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Rajasthan: Bhilwara woman gets divorce as in-laws house didn’t have a toilet

The court terms lack of a toilet cruelty as the woman had to suffer the embarrassment of defecating in public.

February 1, 2018, 3:52 pm

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Jaipur: When the shooting of Akshay Kumar-starrer ‘Toilet – Ek Prem Katha’ had not even begun, a woman in Bhilwara was fighting for her right to have a toilet at her in-laws house. A family court termed lack of toilet a cruelty and annulled the marriage of the woman on Friday. The woman had sought divorce because her in-laws house didn’t have a toilet and she was forced to defecate in open. The woman had left her in-laws house and been living with her parents for the past two years for this reason. The woman, a resident of Bhilwara, had filed a divorce application in the court in 2015. The woman said in her divorce application that she got married in 2011. “There was no privacy in the house as they don’t have a separate room for me and there was no toilet. I had to go through the embarrassment of defecating in public. I had to get up before sunrise and find a place for nature’s call under the cover of darkness. It was embarrassing,” the woman said in her application. The court took serious note of the problem and commented that people should be ashamed as our ‘mothers’ and ‘sisters’ have to defecate in open. “Woman in rural areas wait for the night to answer nature’s call because they can't go out during the day time. Can you imagine what kind of physical pain they have to suffer due to this? People waste money on liquor and tobacco, but they can’t spend money on building a toilet in their house. It is a great tragedy for woman who had to suffer the ordeal,” judge Rajendra Kumar Sharma commented.

First published: August 19, 2017