Seema Patel became a celebrity after revolting against her husband who refused to build a toilet. Not only that, it also earned her the prestigious tag of a cleanliness ambassador.
The Betul collector announced on Sunday that Seema will be honoured for her courage and passion for hygiene. The panchayat will also help her get a toilet at her in-laws’ house.
Seema, a resident of Itarasi, married Mohan, a resident of Chaukipura village in Betul, in May 2012. Upset over the absence of a toilet, she requested her husband to get one constructed, but to no avail. She managed to live with him for two years.
But fed up with his attitude, she left the house in 2014 and went to live with her parents. The couple has a 19-month-old daughter.
Both sets of families were called to a counselling centre in Shahpur after Mohan’s complaint against his wife and her parents -- he wanted Seema to return home. Mohan was given a month’s time to get a toilet constructed and get Seema back.
On Saturday, a team comprising sub-divisional magistrate ML Vijayavargiya and sub-divisional officer of police Suresh Kumar Damle reached Seema’s in-laws’ house and announced the construction of a toilet in the next few days.
Gyaneshwar B Patil, collector of Betul, said, “Seema’s bold step was unparalleled. She will be made the cleanliness ambassador of Betul – this will give a boost to the cleanliness campaign in the district.”
Patil also announced that Seema will be brought back from her parents’ house after the toilet has been constructed; she will also be honoured at a function in the village.