The Bihar Post

Dozens arrested for defecating in open in India’s Bihar state, let off with stern warning


PATNA: More than 50 people were taken into custody in eastern Indian state of Bihar after they were found defeating in the open in utter violation of the government’s order.

The arrested people were, however, later let off with a stern warning.

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Altogether 52 people were taken into custody from Sitamarhi-Sursand Road during a surprise check by local district magistrate Rajiv Raushan in the wee hours on Monday, local media reported today.

Reports said the authorities were perturbed over the conduct of the villagers who would love attending nature’s call in the field despite repeated warning. Quite many were such who were defecating in the open despite having toilets at home.

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The villagers refused to mend their ways despite the authorities enforced section 133 of the Code of Criminal Procedure which deals with “desisting people from carrying on, or to remove or regulate in such manner as may be directed, such trade or occupation, or to remove such goods or merchandise, or to regulate the keeping thereof in such manner as may be directed”.

Eventually, a team of officials led by the DM made a surprise inspection in the areas and nabbed the villagers who were later let off with a stern warning.

On Sunday, a senior official in Bihar had kicked up a major controversy when he allegedly suggested a villager to sell his wife if he can’t afford to build toilets at home.

According to an official report, around 16.5 million households out of over 110 million populations in Bihar currently do not have toilets in their homes, forcing the people to defecate in the open.

Right now, only about 3,000 villages out of total over 44,000 in Bihar have been declared free from open defecation.

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