Indian woman gets $10,000 for toilet protest

By | March 20, 2012


Anita Narre is rewarded for her “bold decision” to demand a toilet.

An Indian woman who forced her husband to build a toilet in their home has been presented with a cheque for $10,000 (£6,000) by a campaign group.

Anita Narre left husband Shivram’s home in the state of Madhya Pradesh two days after their marriage in May last year.

She returned eight days later after Shivram, a casual labourer, built one with his savings and neighbours’ help.

Last week the Indian census revealed that more Indians own mobile phones than have toilets in their homes.

‘Accepted demand’

The reward was given to Anita by Sulabh International, a non-governmental organisation that promotes sanitation, for her “bold decision” to stand up for her dignity.

The cheque was presented to Anita by Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh.

Her stand has led to more toilets being built in her village of Ratanpur, says the Hindu newspaper.

Out of 157 houses in the village, 100 have built toilets since her protest.

Anita gave credit to her husband because “he accepted my demand.”

The couple are expecting their first child in June.

More than half-a-billion Indians still lack access to basic sanitation.

BBC NEWS | MARCH 20, 2012

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