Woman seeks po­lice help to con­struct toi­let

Khaleej Times - - INDIA -

patna — In what is surely a rar­ity, a woman in Bi­har has lodged a com­plaint against her fa­ther-in-law for not con­struct­ing a toi­let in their house and sought help po­lice help in this mat­ter, po­lice said on Fri­day.

Af­ter her fa­ther-in-law ig­nored re­peated re­quests to con­struct a toi­let in their house, Sanju Devi (name changed) — a res­i­dent of Jian Khurd vil­lage within Karja Po­lice Sta­tion in Muzaf­farpur district — sur­prised of­fi­cials of a women po­lice sta­tion as she reached there with a writ­ten com­plaint.

“A woman has lodged a writ­ten com­plaint against her fa­ther-in-law that he is not con­struct­ing a toi­let in their house,” said Jy­oti Ku­mari, Of­fi­cer-in-Charge of the Women’s Po­lice Sta­tion in Muzaf­farpur, about 70 km from here.

Sanju Devi told Joyti Ku­mari that her hus­band had been work­ing out­side Bi­har to earn a liveli­hood and sent money twice to his fa­ther to con­struct a toi­let, but he spent that money on other things and did not get the toi­let con­structed.

“In her com­plaint, Sanju has al­leged that her fa­ther-in-law is not in a mood to con­struct toi­let in their house and hardly pays at­ten­tion to her de­mand.”

Tak­ing the com­plaint se­ri­ously, Joyti Ku­mari called her fa­ther-in­law to po­lice sta­tion to know his side of the story.

Sanju’s fa­ther-in-law, how­ever, down­played the is­sue and said it was their per­sonal mat­ter and he would solve it. “But I told him that it is a rare case that a woman has lodged a writ­ten com­plaint that her fa­ther-in-law is not con­struct­ing a toi­let de­spite re­peated re­quests,” she said.

Jy­oti Ku­mari has di­rected the man to con­struct a toi­let within a month and sub­mit a re­port with the pic­ture of con­structed toi­let at the women po­lice sta­tion. “Sanju’s fa­ther-in-law has given an un­der­tak­ing that he will con­struct a toi­let,” she said.

In fact, Sanju was not ready to with­draw her com­plaint and re­turn to his fa­ther-in-law’s house un­less a toi­let was con­structed. “But af­ter we per­suaded her, she agreed to re­turn to her in-laws’ house.”

Sanju said her hus­band had been promis­ing and as­sur­ing of a toi­let for the last five years but it was yet to be built. —

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