"Those who can not build toilet should sell or auction his wife", he added.
Tanuj later describe his action that he was really angry at the thought of the men like the villager who asked him the question who do not care about their women's security when going toilet in the open makes them vulnerable to sexual assault.
On a drive to promote the Swachh Bharat campaign (Clean India drive), a district magistrate of Bihar's Aurangabad Kanwal Tanuj ended up telling a poor villager that if he did not have money to build a toilet at home, he should sell his wife. "Can you let your wife be raped just because you say you don't have Rs 12,000?" Under the Centre's Swachh Bharat Abhiyan and Nitish Kumar's scheme for the state, villagers are eligible for a Rs 12,000 reimbursement if they build toilets in their homes.
He said: 'Save the dignity of your women if you can.
In a video released by news agency ANI, the official was heard asking the gathering "Is there any man who would tell me that take the dignity of my wife and give me Rs 12,000?" A villager reportedly said, "Sir, I don't have the money to build a toilet". If that is the case then sell your wife.
The district magistrate said the village administration is "very excited" and "promised to take the task ahead". It only costs Rs 12,000 for the construction of a toilet. He did not stop here and further said, "If this is the mentality then go and auction the dignity of your home and tell the government you will not be able to construct a toilet", said DM Tanuj. "So many people talk about advance payment, they get advance and then spend it on useless things".
In September past year, Bihar CM Nitish Kumar had launched two schemes as part of the Saat Nishchay or Seven Resolves of state government. It is basic knowledge that how can a poor villager will afford that kind of amount to build a toilet, and if he can then how can they be poor.