In a bid to promote Swachh Bharat campaign, district magistrate of Bihar’s Aurangabad Kanwal Tanuj on Sunday told villagers that if they do not have money to build a toilet at home, they should sell their wives. Addressing a gathering, Tanuj tried to link toilet with the dignity of women. “Save the dignity of your women if you can. How poor are you? Raise your hands and tell me if the value of your wife is lower than Rs 12,000. Listen to me first. Don’t raise your hands,” said Tanuj. “Which man would say that take the dignity of my wife and give me Rs 12,000? Is there anyone like that?” Kanwal Tanuj added.
When one of the villagers from the audience said that he did not have enough money to build a toilet at home, Tanuj said he should then sell his wife. “Sir, I don’t have the money to build a toilet,” the man said. Tanuj responded by saying, “I will talk to you. If that is the case then go and sell your wife. If this is the mentality you have then go and sell your wife. So many people talk about advance payment, they get advance and then spend it on useless things.”
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Earlier in March, the Bihar government had set an ambitious target to make the state open defecation-free by 2019. The state government had decided to provide assistance of Rs 12,000 to all those Above Poverty Line (APL) families under Lohia Swach Bihar Abhiyan scheme for construction of toilets as part of its target to make the state open defecation-free by 2019.
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