Monks demand the right to defecate in public because of their religious beliefs


Monk (illustration) 
By: Tanya Malhotra

A group of monks in India, filed a petition with the government, demanding the right to defecate in public because of their religious beliefs.

Monks belonging to the Digambara Jains in Madhya Pradesh, Have asked to be exempt from the Clean India Act, which bans defecating in public areas.

The monks claim that they do not wear clothes and defecate in public as part of their religion. The monks never use toilets and defecate only once a day in wooded areas.

The government is adopting strict laws against defecating in public, and is aiming to eradicate the practice in the next three years.

If the monks do not get an exemption, they will have to move away from the area that allows them to defecate in public.