After numerous cases of women refusing to stay at their in-laws' houses due to the lack of proper toilets, a similar incident involving a man has come to light. A man from Jharkhand recently refused to go to his in-laws' house as they did not have a toilet.
Hailing from Dhanbad district in Jharkhand, Pramod Kumar got married in Jogityabad village in Girididh district this April. When he went to his wife’s parents asking about the toilet the morning after his wedding, he learned that they did not have one. Instead, he was handed a pot and shown the way to the field.
Embarrassed by this incident, Pramod decided not to visit his in-laws' house until they constructed a toilet, and also forbade his wife from doing so.
Pramod’s father-in-law, Jageshwar Paswan, said,
My son-in-law is unhappy with us as there is no toilet in our house. I have made up my mind to construct a toilet so that he can come to my house.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan with the aim of making the country free of open defecation by October 2, 2019. According to Modi, 67 percent of the population had access to toilets by Gandhi Jayanti last year. The Jharkhand government had set an earlier deadline for itself, aiming to achieve open defecation-free status by 2018.
Several campaigns have been launched to support the campaign. The recently released Toilet: Ek Prem Katha starring Akshay Kumar also aimed at spreading awareness about the importance of indoor toilets for women.
Several women have been inspired, refusing to marry boys who do not have toilets at home. This first by a man is a step in the right direction and will help the country become open defecation-free that much sooner.
With inputs from IANS.