Under a new government scheme in Madhya Pradesh, brides belonging to the economically backward sections of the state are eligible to get Rs 51,000 if the groom provides a proof that he has a toilet in the house, before the wedding. According to the 'Mukhya Mantri Kanya Vivah/Nikah Yojna', it is mandatory for the groom in the state to click a selfie while standing in the toilet in his house. The initiative is aimed at ensuring that every household has a toilet.
According to Mukhtar Hassan who runs the Zara Hassan Welfare Samiti, the forms of applicants who fall under the scheme are submitted to the municipal corporation. The submission needs two affidavits and a selfie of the groom with the toilet of their residence. In case the picture is not submitted, the form will be rejected and the couple will not be allowed to get married in the 'Sammelan'.
According to reports, around 77 couples got married in a mass ceremony at Central Library Ground in Madhya Pradesh on Thursday. One of the grooms stated that he had submitted the form, however he objected to click a selfie. To this, the authorities said that if the picture is not submitted, the form will not be approved. According to another groom, instead of clicking selfies, the government officials should be visiting every household to check if there is a toilet. On the other hand, one of the brides, welcoming the initiative stated that there is nothing wrong in ensuring there is a toilet in every house. However, several couples have alleged that they did not receive the money under the scheme since February this year.
(WITH ANI INPUTS)