A woman who had left her marital home in Shahpur of Betul district in MP 20 months ago after failing to convince her in-laws to build a toilet returned on Thursday, after a toilet was constructed with financial help from the woman sarpanch here.
The woman, 22-year-old Seema Patel and her 19-month-old baby girl were accorded a warm welcome at a function organised at the Panchayat Bhavan in Shahpur before her husband Mohan Patel took them home. Sarpanch of Shahpur panchayat, Mangita Bai who personally financed the construction of the toilet at Mohan’s home was present on the occasion.
Maiden and marital families of Seema were regularly counselled by the family counselling centre at Shahpur during the period of separation.
Betul district collector Dnyaneshwar Patil said Seema had shown great courage in her bid to ensure her right of sanitation and she would be enlisted as a ‘swachchta dut’ (messenger of sanitation) for the sanitation campaign.
Hailing from Itarsi in Hoshangabad district, Seema was married to Mohan in May 2012 and remained at her marital home till January 2014. All the while, she kept demanding from her in-laws that a toilet be build at the house. Failing, a pregnant Seema left Mohan’s home and went back to her parents.
Her in-laws had at the time cited lack of funds as the reason for not building a toilet at home, following which sarpanch Mangita Bai took the initiative to build one for them.