Bihar’s Aurangabad District Magistrate (DM) Kanwal Tanuj got himself entangled in a controversy today when he asked a villager to sell his wife. Tanuj was trying to promote the Swachh Bharat mission, which aims to make the country open-defecation free by 2019. However, it appears that he got overzealous and made a controversial statement that has received strong criticism from leaders and ordinary people. Tanuj was addressing a group of villagers and he was trying to convince the villagers about the need to build toilets. To make it work, he tried to link it with dignity of women. He said that people should readily come forward to build toilets, as it will help save the dignity of women.
He said that the cost of building a toilet was around Rs 12,000 and everyone should be able to contribute that much to be able to secure the dignity of their wife. However, a villager told Tanuj that he did not have money to build the toilet. This response infuriated Tanuj and he told the villager to go sell his wife. “I will talk to you. If that is the case then go and sell your wife. If this is the mentality you have then go and sell your wife. So many people talk about advance payment, they get advance and then spend it on useless things,” said Tanuj.