Understanding the importance of the Swachh Bharat campaign, the inhabitants of a small village called Brahmaputhi in Uttar Pradesh’s Baghpat district have promised never to defecate in the open.
Their Gram Pradhan organised a panchayat in which they decided to never get their girls married into families that don’t have toilets at home. This decision was taken unanimously by the villagers including the pradhan, reports YourStory.
Open defecation is the cause of a number of diseases like diarrhoea, jaundice, and polio, and also pollutes the environment. Women, with no toilets at home, go to open fields to relieve themselves, where they also fall prey to sexual assaults. Moreover, 22 lakh people die every year due to diarrhoea. This step on the villagers’ part will ensure none of this happens.
All villagers and especially the women were happy with the decision made during the panchayat.
A woman from the village said that it will definitely help stop their troubles, reports the publication.
This concept of ‘No Toilet, No Bride’ is already a hit in Haryana, where it was started in 2005 by the government. In a state which has the most skewed sex ratio in the country, the walls in the state carry this message everywhere. It encourages women to demand toilets before they accept a marriage proposal.
The main aim of this campaign is to ensure toilets were built in rural areas and to discourage open defecation, and hence, the spread of deadly diseases.
A few days ago, a 24-year-old woman from Ajmer divorced her husband as he refused to construct a toilet at home. A family court in Bhilwara granted her divorce on the grounds that not having a toilet at home amounted to “cruelty” against the wife.