A bride in India ditched her fiancé the day before their wedding because he did not have any toilets in his house, the Indian Express reports.
The 25-year-old bride, identified only as Neha, had agreed to marry her betrothed in a match arranged by a local NGO in Lucknow in northern India on the condition a toilet was ready at his home by the date of the wedding.
However, the woman called off the ceremony the day before the ceremony when she discovered the groom had not built the toilet.
“I called off the wedding because his family had promised to build a toilet at their residence but they didn’t,” Neha, who had already worn her elaborate bridal attire, told ANI.
“We must do our bit to give impetus to PM Modi’s “Swacch Bharat” initiative. Having toilet built at home is a basic need,” Neha added.
The woman’s family backed her decision and claimed the local police were contacted regarding the matter.
Officers, however, say they were not aware of a complaint.
After finding out why she rejected her groom, the NGO offered the woman another match with a man who already has an indoor toilet installed in his home, which she accepted, says the Indian Express.
In 2014, The Economist reported that around 130 million Indian households do not have an indoor toilet, and of the estimated one billion people in the world who do not have access to proper sanitation, an estimated 600 million of them are from India.
According to the Right to Pee campaign, which was set up in 2011, in Mumbai there are 10,000 free or pay-to-use toilets, but only 37 per cent of them are open to women.