What recently happened in the village of Katra Sahadatganj, Badaun fetched the courtesy of many. While almost everyone was pleading for justice for the hanged Dalit girls, no one cared to notice what Guddo Devi, relative of the dead, revealed.
According to her, the women of her village always move in pairs for defecation so as to avoid any illicit assaults from men. The two girls were not lucky enough to escape the mishap. Pick a newspaper, or just search about rapes in India on Google and you would come to know that almost half of them owe their happening to lack of proper toilets for women in villages. Still, hardly anyone pays heed to the subject.
Plus, isn't it a shame that a country, which competes with developed nations in terms of GDP and PPP has people who unhesitatingly excrete in the open, along with those rich men who take their pets for walks and let them defecate on the roads or in the parks?
It is not that the Indian governments have been blind at this concern. Subsidies are provided for building toilets and for running sanitation and hygiene programmes. The government even introduced a scheme of awarding those village councils, which succeed to stop defecation in the open. Vital to note, Kerala came out as the best player with almost 87 percent of its councils grabbing the reward.
The 'No Toilet, No Bride' campaign of the former Union Government could have brought in some positive outcomes in case only a minimal part of India had suffered from the concern of open defecation.
almost half of Indians who have nil access to lavatories, such
schemes can rarely prove fruitful. The new and vibrant Prime
Minister, Mr. Narendra Modi, who said 'Toilets first, temples
later', seems to be the only person who truly is concerned. Funding
the construction of toilets, bringing in newer and economical
technology from abroad, publicizing a clear and strong message to
Gram Panchayats, and such other quick actions are much-needed.