Toilet for Babli: AN initiative for open defecation free India

Posted: November 17, 2014 in Uncategorized

Right from the time our Prime Minister Narendra Modi started the campaign for “toilets for women”, this issue has been brought to light. Otherwise, for several years, India has been facing the ugly truth of unhygienic sanitations. And with such a poor sanitation facility, India has become the world’s largest open defecator.

It is such a Shame that we talk about women empowerment and walking shoulder to shoulder with men and yet there is an altogether different part in India, where women are given no facility and they simply have to compromise with their health. The biggest health issue faced by 90% of the women is the hygiene issue because of lack of toilets and open defecation. We talk about development, but as Our PM said, there is an instant need to build toilets and healthy sanitation facilities for the women and children of India and that itself will be a major development. We cannot put the dignity of millions of women at risk with letting them go out for open defecation

The rural part of India still faces this issue. I remember, When I was a child I went to my mother’s village and I saw women and children going kilometres away from the village for their daily nature’s call. It is so unsafe at the first place. Poor sanitation facilities itself put the health of women at risk and on top of that their safety becomes another major issue. But do they have an Option, NO!  Over the past years there have been many programmes introduced by the previous government and the Gram Panchayat, for that matter, but there are these greedy middle men, who don’t let the money reach the concerned department for the betterment of the country. This system itself is sapping the poor, women and children at large.

Even after 60 years of freedom, the women of rural India are still not freed from the so called patriarchy. They just can’t voice their opinion or ask for their right.  Living in the 21st century, there is still no dignity for women in these parts of India.  And even if in some houses the toilets are built, the poor maintenance says it all. With the pits full and poor drainage system, they just have no option but to go out in open fields.

So, the drainage system has to be properly managed. The mistake is also of the women of the house. If the toilets are built for them, they have to maintain it properly. Throwing unwanted items in the commode chokes the drainage system thus leading to unhealthy sanitation. Mosquitoes, dengue, diarrhea, the list is endless and the diseases caused due to this unhealthy behaviour and unhygienic system is beyond imagination. And who has to suffer the most, the women and children.

Having said that, we, as a citizen of India has to take the “Swatch Bharat Abhiyaan” initiative forward and keep our villages clean and also push the local authorities to build toilets in every 2 kilometres radius for women. We cannot compromise on the health of millions of women and children. Lets pledge today that the little effort or initiative from the government shouldn’t get wasted and we come forward and espouse the women and children of the rural India live a dignified life. And for that http://www.domex.in  has taken an initiative to help India free from open defecation.

You can bring about the change in the lives of millions of kids, thereby showing your support for the Domex Initiative. All you need to do is “click” on the “Contribute Tab” on www.domex.in and Domex will contribute Rs.5 on your behalf to eradicate open defecation, thereby helping kids like Babli live a dignified life.

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