BHOPAL, FEB 24 (PTI): A tribal woman, who risked her marriage and left her in-laws house in the absence of a indoor lavatory, was awarded Rs two lakh by Sulabh International for the brave step and sparking a â€œtoilet revolutionâ€ in her village in Madhya Pradesh.
Anita Narre was handed over the draft for rupees two lakh by the Sulabh International founder, Dr Bindeshwar Pathak at Ratanpur village in Betul district yesterday.
She will also be honoured with the Sulabh Sanitation Award in a special function at New Delhi in April, where she will be given a cash prize of Rs 5 lakh. Sulabh International, the pioneer in low-cost sanitation announced this award recently for Anita, who refused to defecate in the open, thus triggering a change in her village in Central MP.
â€œAnita motivated other women of her village to coax their partners to build toilets. The village is transformed today, thanks to her bold act,â€ Pathak said on the occasion.
She left her husband Shivram, a labourer, after her marriage in May last year, because the house had no indoor toilet. She returned only once he had built one with the help of Gram panchayat.
Acknowledging her tough stand for insisting on cleanliness and hygiene, the non-profit group decided to reward her so that she acts as an inspiration for others.
Announcing to adopt her village Ratanpur for total sanitation campaign, Pathak said the young woman has been a great motivator.
â€œBy revolting on the issue of non-availability of toilet, this rural woman has taken a revolutionary action in India where more than 660 billion people still defecate in open, causing serious diseases,â€ he said.
Anita took a bold step to leave her marital home, staking her marriage, the prestige of her family and the entire village, he said.
â€œWe announced the award because we want to encourage women around the country to speak up on such social issues,â€ Pathak added.