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Devoid of toilet, MP woman walks out on hubby

A "sanitation revolution" sparked by a woman who forced her husband to build a toilet in their home in Madhya Pradesh’s Betul district has encouraged another woman in the state to repeat the feat.

bhopal Updated: Jan 24, 2015 16:38 IST
Yogendra Pratap Singh
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A "sanitation revolution" sparked by a woman who forced her husband to build a toilet in their home in Madhya Pradesh’s Betul district has encouraged another woman in the state to repeat the feat.

Jyoti Patel, 28, a resident of Chhindwara, about 272km south of Bhopal, left her husband’s home six months ago because it did not have a toilet. Jyoti has set only one condition for her return — her husband must build a toilet.

She got married to Murli Podi resident Pappu Patel about two years back. At the time of their marriage, the couple was living with Pappu’s uncle in Narsighpur town. A year later, they shifted to the husband’s ancestral village.

She left her husband’s home and went to live with her parents as she felt a sense of shame at being forced to answer nature’s call in the open every day. She has also filed a complaint against her husband at Kotwali police station in Chhindwara, saying that he was harassing her for dowry. The matter was later referred to the family counselling cell of the police station.

The couple was called for counseling on January 17. “Jyoti said that she had lodged a dowry complaint so that her husband turns up before police,” counselling cell in-charge Jyoti Chaurasia told Hindustan Times.

Pappu has assured the counselling cell that he would ensure a toilet is built in his home before February 7, the next date of hearing of the complaint, and submit a verification certificate from the village sarpanch that the toilet has been built. In 2012, a tribal woman Anita Narre had caused a sensation by refusing to live with her husband because their house did not have a toilet.