6 newly-wed women leave in-laws’ home over lack of toilets

Sulabh International announced that the NGO will construct toilets at the (in-laws') houses of the 6 women.

By: Express News Service | Lucknow | Updated: August 16, 2014 10:20 pm

Six newly-wed women, both from the Hindu and Muslim communities, have raised a banner of revolt against their in-laws in Kushinagar district of Uttar Pradesh over lack of toilets in their respective houses.

As per the reports, the brides, all married to residents of Khesiya village of Kushinagar, have returned to their parents’ homes in the past two months. The women have reportedly said they will not return to their in-laws’ places until they construct toilets.

Taking cognizance of the reports, Sulabh International founder Dr Bindeshwar Pathak on Saturday announced that his NGO will construct toilets at the (in-laws’) houses of all the six women.

“The women — Neelam, Kalawati, Shakina, Niranjan, Gudiya and Sita — protested against their husbands and in-laws when they found that there were no toilets in their houses. After spending a few days, they returned to their respective fathers’s homes,” said Sulabh spokesperson Madan Jha.

Pathak, meanwhile, termed the move by the six women as “a bold and extraordinary step”. “Such kind of rising incidents clearly show the changing mindset of girls. Now, everybody realises the importance of toilets,” Pathak said, adding that his NGO will construct the toilets at the women’s homes “free of cost and without any delay.” Additionally, the brides will also be honoured by Sulabh “for their bold stand.”

Interestingly, Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his Independence Day address too urged the parliamentarians and the corporates to help construct toilets as “the poor womenfolk of the village wait for night, until darkness descends, they can’t go out to defecate”. “What bodily torture they must be feeling, how many diseases that act might engender,” he said at the Red Fort.

The Sulabh international had earlier honoured, Priyanka Bharti, a woman from Maharajganj district of UP, who too had returned to her parents’ place after she found no toilet at her in-laws’ house. “Now she works as a Sulabh motivator and also appeared with a Bollywood actress in a sanitation advertisement,” Jha said.

Pathak meanwhile also handed over a cheque of Rs 5 lakh to a tribal woman Anita Narre of Betul in Madhya Pradesh for taking a similar decision.

“A UN study in 2010 found more people in India have access to a mobile phones than to a toilet,” said Pathak, while expressing happiness over the emphasis laid by the PM on sanitation in his speech. “For the first time in the country’s history, the issue of toilet attained such an importance in the speech of any Prime Minister. I am confident that now every household will have toilet in a not too distant future,” Pathak said.

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  1. Z
    Aug 16, 2014 at 7:44 pm
    You go girls ! So proud of you six. May you inspire all the women of India. It takes a lot of bravery to do what you did, go back to your parents. I salute your parents too for supporting you.
    1. S
      Aug 16, 2014 at 8:03 pm
      Great move by these women and by Sulabh International. Please post information on how people can donate money to the Sulabh International.
      1. M
        Aug 17, 2014 at 12:19 am
        It's a she on politicians of the ilk of CM, his father, like people.
        1. N
          Never Again
          Aug 18, 2014 at 2:06 am
          ???? Can you check with your daughter to see if she would like to marry into a household (if not forced) where there are no toilets? Even if you are poor enough to afford one? In India, in rural households, it is difficult to ask In-laws for anything much less 'time-off' to go do your ablutions. Imagine having to explain to an interfering, or God Forbid, a monster mother-in-law who can create a fuss EVERTIME you ask or tell her you need to step outside of the house. And oh....You are an for making this comment.
          1. R
            Aug 17, 2014 at 4:42 am
            Why isn't daughter supposed to refuse being brought up in a family where toilet is missing? Why toilets are required only after marriage? Why for everything onus is on husband/in-laws? Is this because anything that breaks the insution of marriage is to be encouraged?
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