The order said that the photographs were to be sent to panchayat secretaries who were then to circulate them on social media to shame those defecating in the open.
New Delhi: Madhya Pradesh’s Gwalior municipal corporation on Friday announced a cash ‘reward’ of Rs 100 per photograph of people defecating in the open in the region. Officials on Thursday said that the local civic body had declared this “rather unique incentive,” reported the Asian Age.
The order said that people should go around the municipality to catch those defecating in the open and take their photographs and send them to the secretaries of the panchayats of the respective areas to receive the award money. The panchayat secretaries have been asked to circulate the pictures and videos on different social media platforms to shame the people who defecate in the open instead of using toilets in their houses.
Opposing this, a Congress leader said, “The order sounds very strange. The civic body authorities are announcing monetary awards for taking ‘dirty’ pictures of people. This is also an attack on the privacy of people,” according to the Asian Age report.
Earlier this year, on June 17, 55-year-old Zafar Hussein was lynched in Rajasthan‘s Pratapgarh district when he tried to stop people from taking photographs of women defecating in the open. When Hussein, a CPI(ML) activist, tried to stop civic officials from taking photographs and videos, he was kicked, punched and beaten, eventually succumbing to his injuries.
A few days before this incident, Hussein had submitted a memorandum to the nagar parishad “protesting against the public shaming and bullying of women” who were forced to defecate in the open. He had demanded the construction of community toilets and the repair of public latrines constructed under the Swacch Bharat Abhiyan.