Court Grants Divorce Over Lack of Toilet, Calls It ‘Cruelty’ Against Wife
New Delhi, August 20: A family court in Bhilwara, Ajmer granted divorce to a woman who moved court seeking separation from her husband due to absence of toilet. The 24-year old woman stated that even after repeated requests to construct a toilet, her husband paid no heed to the need, forcing her to defecate openly. The court while observing the case called termed it ‘cruelty’ against the wife and allowed the marriage to be dissolved.
Married in 2011, the woman moved the court in 2015, and said that since her marriage she has been forced to defecate and bathe in the open. As per a Times of India report, when she requested for a toilet to be constructed, her husband questioned her demand and said it is unusual as most of the women in the village defecate in the open. He also said that the girl’s family did not raise the demand for a toilet to be constructed at the time of the marriage.
The court said that absence of toilet has forced the woman to defecate in the open and is cruelty similar to ‘outraging the modesty of a woman’. It further observed that while people spend money on buying tobacco, liquor and mobile phones, they are not willing to construct toilets and protect the dignity of the families.