Family fined Rs 75,000 for open defecation, 43 others served notices

A panchayat at a village in Madhya Pradesh’s Betul district has imposed a fine of about Rs 75,000 on a family for open defecation.

The panchayat of Rambhakhedi village also served notices to 43 other families there to stop defecating in the open, news agency Press Trust of India reported.

“About a month back, the family was advised to stop defecating in the open. However, they turned a deaf ear to it. So, a fine of Rs 75,000 was on Monday imposed on the family of 10 members,” Rambhakhedi village panchayat’s employment assistant Kunwarlal said on Tuesday.

“The fine was imposed for one month at a rate of Rs 250 per day on each of the 10 members of the family under the Madhya Pradesh Panchayat (Swachhata Tatha Nuisance Nivaran Tatha Upshaman) Rules, 1999. Besides, 43 other families were also served notices to stop open defecation,” he said.

Sarpanch Ramrati Bai said action was taken as the family was not ready to use the toilet constructed at their home despite repeated advice. “These villagers had been repeatedly warned, but they were not ready to use the toilet at home,” she said.

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