PATNA: Lack of toilets at home has been blamed for splitting up quite many families in the eastern Indian state of Bihar but in a new development, a newly-wed woman has sought divorce from her husband after he failed to tackle the noise pollution around his residence.
Sneha Singh, a resident of Rajput Nagar locality in Hajipur, the headquarters of Vaishali district, took the extreme step after her husband Rakesh Singh failed to provide her relief from the recurring noise pollution caused by playing of loudspeakers at a local temple. According to her, she had been facing the mental tortures for some 150 days in a year.
Initially, she tried to fight the issue herself by bringing the matter to the notice of the local police. She filed a formal complaint with the local police last year and sought intervention of the authorities in containing the noise pollution.
“I have been living in tension owing to the constant blaring by loudspeakers. This is violation of the Right to life laid down under Article 21 of the Constitution and also violation of Supreme Court’s ruling,” she mentioned in her written petition to the police last year.
As her appeal failed to bring her any respite, she then lodged formal complaints with the District Magistrate, Director General of Police, National Human Rights Commission, ministers, Bihar chief minister and finally the Prime Minister but much to her shock they all went in vain.
Eventually, she asked her husband to act in this matter but that too served any purposes. “When I requested the local villagers to look into his family trouble, they instead attacked my house and threatened me with dire consequences,” her husband Singh told the media.
However, this has posed new kind of trouble for Singh as his wife has now sought divorce from him for his failure to “fight noise pollution” which she claims has turned her life into hell. “I can’t think of spending my life with a man who cannot give me the security needed,” she said.
Her husband is quite worried over her decision although her in-laws are making fervent appeals to reconsider her decision. “I am very worried after her divorce demand,” he told the media on Tuesday.
Last week, a group of police officials rushed to her residence and requested her not to seek divorce over the issue but she remained adamant over her decision. According to the woman, the police suggested her to shift to some other places during the religious occasions when people normally play loudspeakers aloud.
As per reports, the woman, a law graduate, had entered into love marriage with physically-challenged Singh, a badminton player, some four years back but now the continuing sound pollution appears spoiling their happy married life.
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