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In a bizarre turn of events, miffed IAS officer asked a villager from Bihar to sell off his wife when the villager said he was too poor to build a toilet.
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On Sunday in Aurangabad district of Bihar, an IAS officer named Kanwal Tanuj held a ‘swachta mahasabha’ to encourage the villagers to build toilets in their homes. He also spoke about how the villagers could benefit from the government’s scheme of availing ₹12,000 to build toilets in their homes.
However to get the ₹12,000, the villagers have to build the toilet first and the panchayat should issue a document verifying the claim.
As reported by The Telegraph, during this mahasabha, a villager interrupted Tanuj and said that is poverty that is keeping them from building the toilets. Miffed, Tanuj replied saying that he should then sell off his wife if he cannot build a toilet for her.
Later, the IAS officer said that he couldn’t stand the mentality of men who left their women vulnerable to sexual assault by making them defecate in the open.
However, it is also an unavoidable fact that having the money to built the toilet in the first place is going to be difficult for villagers. Should they fall into the trap of money lenders, it would only make them cough up more money.
What do you think is the right way to deal with this situation? Sternness or empathy?