Newlywed refuses to defecate in open, returns home

Bhopal: We all know the story of ‘Toilet- ek prem katha’ but very few know it is a real-life story and now influenced with this, a woman in Madhya Pradesh’s Bhind district refused to go to her in-laws house after she learnt they do not have loo in their home.

The 25-year-old Jyoti has set an example for the people of her village Phoop around five months ago when she refused to return to her husband’s house unless they construct a washroom.

The woman has been resolute in her decision ever since then. She returned to her mother’s house after staying at her in-laws for 3 days.

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Now the brave woman says she would rather prefer divorce over defecating in open.

Jyoti’s house has a washroom but many people from the same village still defecate in the open but Jyoti, however, refuses to do this.

“I cannot walk down to railway tracks for open defecation,” she said. Recalling her experience at her in-laws’ house, Jyoti said, “Either I go out for defecation early in the morning or night under the cover of darkness. I am scared. “

Her entire village made attempts to convince her to return to her husband’s house.

Jyoti’s husband Vivek Pankaj is unemployed while his parents are daily wage earners, keeps visiting Jyothi to persuade her to return to their house.

“My father will go out and work to get money for the toilet. Chotay Singh, District Magistrate said that will meet the couple to ascertain if they are eligible for getting help from the government for the construction of a toilet. 

The DM Chotay Singh said that Jyoti might be designated as the area’s ‘swachh abhiyan’ ambassador for her stand against open defecating.

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