Indian woman granted divorce because husband failed to provide family with indoor toilet

New Bollywood movie makes light of country's bathroom shortage but Rajasthan family court rules lack of facilities an act of cruelty

There's a newly released Bollywood film about a woman in Indiawho left her husband for failing to provide a toilet.

It's called, Toilet: Ek Prem Katha in Hindi, which translates to Toilet: A Love Story. It's based on the true story of Anita Narre, whose protest against defecating outside not only ultimately got her husband to build a toilet with government aid but inspired what the Indian press called a “toilet revolution” in her village in the state of Madhya Pradesh.

The film is described as a “satirical love story.”

But there isn't much humour in the premise it describes.

First-time visitors to India, having read of the country's technological prowess, are often surprised to learn that some 60 percent of the country's households lack access to toilets. In rural areas, but also in many urban enclaves, they will see men just doing it in the road or in fields visible from the roads in broad daylight.

They are much less likely to see women going outside, not because they don't, but because modesty dictates that they do it in the dark of night, exposing them not only to inconvenience, indignity and disease but rape.

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