The whole country is participating in the drive launched by the PM of India Narendra Modi – the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan – which encourages the people not to defecate in open and build toilets inside their homes. But this village is lagging behind.
In small villages of India where people do not have toilets inside their houses, it is mostly due to lack of awareness. There are ample of social misconceptions about why not to build toilets inside their house, and defecate in open.
The government has been initiating this movement – the Swacch Bharat Abhiyan, helping people financially, creating awareness but still many people prefer to go in the open. This situation is highlighted in a very good way in the movie Toilet – Ek Prem Katha.
Let us talk about a village in a town of it called Hindoli, located on the Kota-Jaipur highway where the people have more cars than toilets.
There are 300 people living in the village, there are 30 cars and only 16 people have toilets inside their house. Most of the houses are made of the concrete RCC. There is a lot of luxury in this village, but the people staying here have a little bit of less sense about the hygiene and proper sanitation.
The 16 houses who have personal toilets constructed it 2 years back have still not received the money ₹15,000 from the government.
Dhannanath Yogi a resident of the village, says that for a construction of the toilet the money required is between ₹25,000 to 30,000 and, the government is only helping with ₹15,000 which is not enough.
The women folks in the village have pressed their viewpoint that it is extremely embarrassing for them to go in the open. What makes it worst is that they cannot relieve themselves until the sun is up – and they have control for extremely long hours which poses a serious health risk.
Babulal Yogi, who a resident of the village has purchased an SUV for his own family. He has six more vehicles, plus there are 10 members of his family and there is no toilet in their house, but he promises that his family will have a toilet soon.
Dwarka and Seema both the residents of the same village are very content that they will be having a toilet inside their house soon, as they feel very ashamed and there is also fear of going in the open to defecate. Both the ladies have said that their toilet is under construction and it will be ready very soon.
The success of the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan is very far behind in this village as per what the statistics have shown.
The women folks in this town who are teachers have explained that having toilets will ensure the safety of women and also safeguard them from the numerous health risks that come with defecating in the open.
Awareness is being spread about the issue all over the country. There are many people who have a personal toilet. However, a lot needs to be done to make each and every home in rural India have a toilet. It is not just about building a toilet – it is about building dignity.
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