It's difficult for men to admit that women need to use the bathroom — just like they do.
Women in India often have to pay to use public bathrooms, while men do not. The capital of Mumbai has vastly more public restrooms available for men than for women. And last year, a young woman gained fans for fleeing her husband's home because there was no toilet for her.
Now, some single men are recognizing this problem and are using their safe, clean indoor toilets to try charming the ladies.
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The local government in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh has in fact made it mandatory for grooms to pose alongside a picture of a toilet in their home in order to get married, the Times of India reported today.
The mandate is the result of a severe toilet shortage in the district. Grooms seem to be embracing this unique solution. "In towns, people are coming to get their pictures, taken on mobile phones or digital cameras, developed at our studio," Devendra Maithil, owner of Raj Digital studio at Sehore, told TOI.
The news comes after Indian's sanitation minister told women late last year to avoid marrying into families who don't own toilets.
Defecating in the open is so common that it is one of the first things noticed by visitors to India. All along the railway tracks, even on busy routes, the ditches and hillsides are lined with squatters — including ladies who pull their saris up over their faces as the trains trundle by.
Walk down the beach a bit from any five-star resort, and the sand becomes a toilet. Even in cities as crowded as Delhi and Mumbai, slum dwellers often use vacant lots and garbage heaps as impromptu toilets — in Mumbai making themselves vulnerable to marauding leopards.