In a bizarre incident, the Aurangabad District Magistrate Kanwal Tanuj on Sunday said that those who cannot build a toilet for their wives should sell them. The District Magistrate was addressing a public gathering in Jamhore village of Aurangabad in Bihar to promote Swachh Bharat campaign.

He said women get raped and harassed due to lack of toilets. But, he got caught into a controversy with his remarks.

“Due to lack of toilets, women get raped and harassed. It only costs Rs. 12,000 for the construction of the toilet. Is 12,000 more than anyone’s wife’s dignity? Who can let her wife get raped in return of Rs. 12000?” Tanuj said.

Those who cannot build a toilet for their wives should sell or auction their wives, he added.

According to a cleanliness survey — Swachh Survekshan-2017 — undertaken in May in 434 cities by the Urban Development Ministry as part of the Narendra Modi government’s “Swachh Bharat Abhiyan,” Bihar’s Bagaha stood third when it comes to the dirtiest cities in India. Apart from Bagaha, Bihar’s Katihar was the fifth unclean city.

First Published | 23 July 2017 8:32 PM
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