In stringent move, Pansemal sub-divisional magistrate (SDM) Abhay Kharari on Tuesday sent a youth to jail after he was caught defecating in the open in his village Jalgon in Barwani district.
Police booked Ram Singh Panwar, an unemployed youth, under Section 151 (preventive measures) of CrPC and sent him to Sendhwa sub-jail after producing him before SDM Kharari who sent him to judicial custody.
Panwar provoked other villagers to defecate in the open: SDM
Kharari told HT that Panwar provoked other villagers to defecate in the open just to spoil Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM) initiative as a district-level monitoring team was set to revisit village on Tuesday to ensure the administration’s claim of 100 open defecation-free (ODF) villages as part of the successful implementation of the SBM.
Earlier, the village had been declared 100% ODF and it was going to get Rs 20-lakh prize for the effective implementation of the SBM campaign. The SDM said Panwar was well aware about this fact.
Meanwhile, on Tuesday morning, SDM Kharari and his team in order avoid any embarrassment before the monitoring team decided to inspect village. While the inspection was going on, the team saw Panwar defecating in the open. The team nabbed him and brought him before Kharari.
When asked why he was defecating in the open while the village had public toilets with sufficient water, Panwar tried to cover up his act saying that there was no water in the public toilet and its condition was unhygienic. He also had a heated argument with Kharari and his team.
At that time, Kharari and his team moved to other place. After sometime, Pansemal police arrested Panwar and produced him before SDM Kharari court, who sent him to jail for his act.
Urination or defecation in the open is an offence: Collector
When contacted, district collector Tejaswi Naik said urination or defecation in the open is an offence and the SDM is free to act against those who are involved in this kind of act. Still the administration will look into the matter from every angle and if Panwar is found guilty, administration will take stringent action against him. Meanwhile, the visiting team found the administration’s claim of 100 ODF villages correct.
Ram Singh’s brother Devi Singh Panwar and other family members, however, defended his move and said that the public toilet of the village gets water in three to four days. They also said due to the unhygienic condition of the toilet, people are compelled to defecate in the open. Village women also asked administration to provide sufficient facilities before acting against any one.