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Madhya Pradesh: Gwalior Municipal Body to Pay Rs 100 ‘Reward’ Per Photo of Open Defecation

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.

Open defecation

Local civic bodies in Madhya Pradesh announced a reward of Rs 100 per photograph of people defecating in the open. Credit: Reuters

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.

  • kujur bachchan

    Only Sick minds; Sadists; Voyeurs; Demented; Barking Mads can think of such an obnoxious scheme. Is this country being governed by packs of nutters?
    Are we witnessing the birth of new gangs of vigilante – camera toting “Shauch Rakhshaks”
    This is not good. Not good at all.
    Is there not even one among the petrified members of the ruling dispensation who, for once, take a break from his or her daily obeisance to the Pretender, and demand cessation of this humiliating intrusion into the privacy (mind you, it is for privacy that these poor souls trek quite some distance from their huts or shacks) of the poor?

    • Ashok Akbar Gonsalves

      “Are we witnessing the birth of new gangs of vigilante – camera toting “Shauch Rakhshaks” ”

      From wielding cameras to wielding lathis isnt that big a step up.
      Expect headlines like “Open defecators beaten up by mob” in the near future.

  • Amitabha Basu

    ‘Swachh Bharat’ involves a lot of things that need to be done to halt pollution and facilitate proper garbage disposal, and open defecation is only one issue here that defies solution in the absence of toilets with water facilities …. but this obscene move to reward photographers of open defecation is nothing short of a grotesque persecution of people with no toilet facilities available to them.