Wednesday
August 23
2017

A Woman In India Just Won A Divorce Over A Toilet. Here’s Why That Matters.

A 24-year-old woman in Ajmer, India just won a divorce from her husband for a seemingly unconventional reason: He refused to build her a toilet. But despite its uncommon premise, this divorce is actually huge for women’s rights in the country.
According to The Times of India, the woman’s husband found the demand for a toilet “unusual,” because most women relieved themselves outside at night. The family court hearing this woman’s case found the lack of a toilet cruel because it meant “outraging the modesty of a woman.” The court added, “We spend money on buying tobacco, liquor, and mobile phones, but are unwilling to construct toilets to protect the dignity of our family.”
Photo courtesy of Ajay Tallam.

Source: refinery29 (link opens in a new window)

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Health Care
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Global Goals, India, sanitation, SDGs, toilets, Women