Sambhal, April 14: A woman in Sambhal district’s Nakhasa area left her husband’s home on Saturday, after her in-laws failed to construct a toilet in their house despite her repeated pleas, news agency ANI reported. The woman has not yet returned to her in-laws place and is currently staying with her brother. Speaking on the same issue, sub-divisional magistrate of Sambhal’s Nakhasa area said that a probe has been initiated and the needful will be done.

This sorry incident comes to light when there has been quite an advocacy on the issue of toilet construction. News as such is still making headlines despite the efforts being taken by the Prime Minister, Bollywood actors and administrative officials on the importance of toilet construction.

The incident comes in direct contrast to the statement made by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on April 10 in a rally in Bihar’s Motihari as he applauded Bihar’s initiative of constructing over 8.5 lakh toilets within a span of just one week.

Under Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, Uttar Pradesh received 28,34,253 applications, of which 7,91,438 were approved and 3,22,847 toilets constructed, according to data available on the Swachh Bharat Urban dashboard. According to a report by IndiaSpend as of January 2018, at least 522 million Indians still defecate in the open.