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Sulabh toilet saves a marriage

The Hindu, 14 May 2014


Bihari woman threatened to divorce husband if she didn't get one


PATNA: Alakh Niranjan’s marriage was headed for the rocks till an NGO stepped in to provide what his wife wanted — a toilet. Not only that, Sulabh International also rewarded the wife Rs.100,000 for demanding proper sanitation facilities even at the cost of her marriage.


“I am the happiest person now as my wife will no more demand divorce for lack of a toilet,” Niranjan, a resident of Sadeshopur village near Bihta town in Patna district, told IANS after Sulabh International stepped in to build a modern toilet in their home.


“At last someone came forward to help me to save my marriage. My wife is also happy over this development,” Niranjan, who hawks newspapers for a living, added.


Last month Niranjan’s wife approached the women’s helpline in Patna seeking help for a divorce after her husband failed to construct a toilet despite repeated assurances.


Alakh admitted his wife was upset over being forced to make her way to an open field every day under cover of darkness to defecate. “This case was a peculiar one,” Women’s helpline counsellor Sarita Sajal said.


The woman had told the helpline that Niranjan has been beating her for demanding the construction of toilet, Sajal added.


Bihar has a population of over 105 million, of whom 21.9 million lack toilet facilities.


The central government had planned to construct 11.1 million toilets in the state in 2013 but this is yet to fructify.IANS