Court Grants a Woman Divorce Over Toilet


Getting a divorce in India is no easy feat. In most cases, they're granted only if domestic violence or proven cruelty is happening within the marriage. For one woman in Rajasthan, she's single because her now ex-husband refused to build a toilet inside their home and she had had enough.

You see, in their area, men justify a lack of loo by saying that women often just go outside. And often, women are forced to wait until dark to travel to the open field, which puts them in danger and "outrages the modesty of a woman." A judge agreed and even added that the unidentified woman's plight was a "form of torture." 

It seems this case is another in a string of divorces caused by old tradition and beliefs clashing with modern society. In Saudi Arabia, a husband divorced his wife because she forgot to put the head of the sheep on the main dish when he hosted his friends for dinner, which embarrassed him. In another case, a man ended his marriage because his wife kept walking ahead of him despite his repeated warnings to keep a step behind him. Maybe the most trivial? A man divorced his wife because she spoke with a "tone" that did not please her husband. Sayonara! 

Source: BBC

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