August 20, 2017
A Family Court granted divorce considering it to be a sufficient ground for the Decree.
Divorce has been granted to a woman by the Family Court in Rajasthan’s Bhilwara district, on the basis that there was no toilet in the house. Court held that this amounted to “cruelty”.
While passing this judgment on Friday, Family Court Judge Rajendra Kumar Sharma said a toilet was necessary at home & going to defecate in open was not only “disgraceful” for society but a “torture” to women.
The woman, in her 20s, “contended that her husband was cruel to her, there wasn’t separate room for the couple in the house & no toilet”. The husband was working as a laborer.
Wife’s counsel, Rajesh Sharma, said the woman got married in 2011.
She pleaded that despite repeated requests, her husband did not construct a toilet/bathroom at home & then she filed divorce petition in 2015.
Women living in villages had to wait for dark to go out to relieve themselves & had to bear physical pain, the Court said.
The Court observed that “We spend money on buying mobile phones; tobacco & liquor but are unwilling to construct toilets to protect the dignity of our family. In villages women have to wait until sunset to answer nature’s call; this isn’t only physical cruelty but also outraging the modesty of a woman.”
This development comes at a time when the govt. is running a campaign against open defecation under the ‘Swachh Bharat Abhiyan’.
Recently a Bollywood Movie titled ‘Toilet Ek Prem Katha’ was released with similar plot & message starring Akshay Kumar & Bhumi.
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