Swachh Bharat is spreading and there have been instances of women refusing to get married to men whose homes do not have toilets
The Swachh Bharat Mission efforts are showing results now as awareness over health and sanitation is increasing even in rural areas.
In a recent incident, a newly-wed wife refused to go to her husband’s house since there was no toilet there and women in the household had no choice other than open defecation. Sehjaj, a resident of Kesarpura under Lagetkheda gram panchayat in Rajsamand district, Rajasthan, had recently got married. As the family was making arrangements to take the bride to her new home, the girl refused for the ‘gauna’ claiming that she could not live with them unless they build a toilet.
Sehjaj’s family members were surprised but they resigned to the bride’s demand and immediately got started the toilet construction task. As the news spread, people appreciated the girl’s persistence and awareness. The incident was also quoted at the recent meeting of the SBM where development officer Prakash Sirsat and Sarpanch Lakshman Singh too appreciated the girl’s move and said that every woman should take similar stand so that the ODF target may soon be achieved.Swachh Bharat is Modi’s biggest achievement so far and there have been instances of women refusing to get married to men whose homes do not have toilets. This latest incident shows the growing resolve amongst rural women insisting on
proper sanitation as a woman’s basic right.
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