A woman in Rajasthan’s Bhilwara was granted divorce by the family court as there was no toilet in her husband’s house. While accepting the petition filed by the woman, the court in its ruling said that not having a toilet at home is a cruelty to women. The woman said that she was forced to end her seven-year-old marriage as her husband and in-laws ignored her several appeals of building a toilet in the house.
In 2011, the woman got married to a resident of Atun village which comes under Bhilwara district and filed a divorce petition in family court in 2015 on the grounds that her husband’s house does not have a toilet.
During the hearing, Justice Rajendra Kumar Sharma said that the ‘mental torture’ that the women have to go through while going to defecate in open can be is a disgrace to the society.
“Has it ever pained us that our mothers and sisters have to go to defecate in the open? Women in villages have to wait for dark to venture out in order to relieve and as a result, has to bear with physical pain,” justice Sharma said in the judgment.
The woman was living with her parents for past two years as there was no toilet in her marital home. The court had also asked woman’s in-laws to give the evidence of toilet at their home but they failed to furnish.
“It is an irony that people who spend a lot of money on alcohol, tobacco and mobile phones, don’t have toilets in their homes,” said the judgment.
(Source: Hindustan Times)