INDORE: Absence of a toilet and utter humiliation of defecating in open, brought the eight-year-old wedlock of a dalit couple Dev Karan and Savita on the brink of total collapse in Mundlana village of Madhya Pradesh's Dewas district. Now, not one but two new toilets in Dev Karan's house have reunited the family of four, including their two kids.
Racing against the January 10, 2014 toilet construction deadline set on December 24, 2013 by a local court in Bagli (Dewas), Dev Karan borrowed Rs 5,000 to build a toilet, while another toilet was built by Sulabh International Social Service Organization (SISA) at the same place.
Not only did SISA built the toilet for Rs 30,000, but has also decided to soon felicitate Savita for showing the courage to file a maintenance suit before the Bagli court, which ultimately paved the passage for building the two toilets. "Sulabh International founder Bindeshwari Pathak, who directed his MP team to construct a toilet urgently for the couple is likely to adopt the village for future development," local SISA representative Sudhir Rai told TOI on Saturday.
Rai, interestingly, was present at the Bagli court on Friday and submitted before the judicial magistrate first class Jayant Sharma, the picture of the toilet.
Elated on their marriage having been saved, Savita and Dev Karan announced that both toilets will in future ensure that marital life of their two sons Shivpal and Krishnapal are not strained.
According to Savita's lawyer Pravin Chaudhary the Bagli court judicial magistrate was satisfied with pictures of both the toilets. In his interim order on Friday, the judge also made a stern observation by mentioning that it's strange that the task of building the toilet, which should have been done by local administration has eventually been done by a NGO.
With the couple now reunited, the court also directed Dev Karan-Savita to put back their strained marital life on rails soon and report to the court on January 31.
The Shivraj Singh Chouhan led government had in June 2012 started the Maryada scheme for building toilets for weaker sections. The brand ambassador of the scheme was a young married woman Anita, who refused to go to her in-law's home after marriage in the absence of a toilet in Betul district in 2011.
Wedded eight years ago with landless labourer Dev Karan, Savita had returned to her parents in Rojari village, also in Dewas district, four years later, over the absence of a toilet at her in-laws house.
She also filed a maintenance case against her husband at the Bagli court. Coming to know about toilet's absence being the genesis of the shaky marriage, the judge worked out a compromise on December 24, setting January 10 deadline for Dev Karan to save the marriage by building the toilet.
With a paltry Rs 125 daily income and a visually challenged father and disabled mother to feed, Dev Karan borrowed Rs 5000 from villagers to build the toilet on his own.