In a welcome move, which gives a boost to issues concerning sanitation, maulvis and muftis in states like Haryana, Punjab and Himachal Pradesh have made it mandatory for houses to have toilets for marriages to be solemnised.
Maulana Mahmood A Madani, secretary general of Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind, has said that having a toilet is mandatory for Muslim marriages to be solemnised in the three states, a condition likely to be applicable across the country.
“Maulvis and muftis in Himachal Pradesh, Punjab and Haryana have decided that they will not solemnise the nikah or Muslim marriage in a house where there are no toilets,” PTI quoted him as saying.
He added that he felt all religious leaders should also decide against conducting any rituals for houses without toilets.
Maulana Madani was speaking at the inauguration of Assam Conference on Sanitation 2017 in Khanapara, Guwahati, last week.
Stressing on issues like cleanliness and hygiene, which has been a major focus area for the government’s Swachh Bharat Mission, under which it aims to make India open defecation free by October 2, 2019, the maulvi asked people to use toilets and contribute towards making the country clean.
According to the Swachhta Status Report of the National Sample Survey Office (NSSO), 2015, 52.1% of the rural population in the country still defecates in the open.
“There are two types of cleaning – one is external and the other internal. Both are interconnected, we will only be able to achieve the internal cleaning if our body is clean,” Maulana Madani said.
The conference, which was aimed at making Assam open defecation free by year-end, had more than 6,000 attendees that included experts, officials, corporate houses and locals.