Man donates public toilet to mark niece’s wedding

According to an official report, around 16.5m households in India’s Bihar state currently do not have toilets in their homes

Patna: A Bihar man has donated a public toilet to his village, to celebrate the wedding of his niece, drawing praise from local residents.

Reports said local villagers had gathered on Thursday evening at the house of Sudhir Kumar Pappu, a resident of Newari village in Saran district, to attend the wedding of his niece Kiran Kumari, when he announced the unusual gift.

“Right in the middle of wedding rituals, he [Sudhir Kumar Pappu] got up from his seat and asked us to follow him. We were pleasantly surprised when he opened the newly constructed toilet for all of us saying it is for public use. This is a memorable gift for all of us,” a local villager told the media on Friday.

Sudhir who, practices law in Jharkhand’s Jamshedpur district court, said he thought of gifting the public toilet to his co-villagers after witnessing the sanitation problems being faced by them.

“I don’t want the female members of any family to go out in open fields to meet nature’s call. I felt like it’s my responsibility to provide them with better solutions,” Sudhir explained.

The move has drawn wide applause from local villagers, many of whom do not have the means to build toilets on their own homesteads.

According to an official report, around 16.5 million households in Bihar currently do not have toilets in their homes, forcing the people to defecate in the open.

At present, only 308 villages out of more than 44,000 in Bihar have been declared free from open defecation.

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