Our country India is among the top of the world in many fields with large human force across various continents conquering new heights and our scientists have reached moon and landed in Mars. We have the best technologies and with largest number of millionaires and vast amount of resources. The best part is that our country is considered as youngest country in the world. But somehow we lack in many things as compared to other countries in terms of cleanliness, sanitation and lack of hygiene education.
It is not just about sanitation and hygiene but we are lacking in keeping country clean and pollution free. Lack of dustbins also leads to throwing garbage anywhere which causes waste management issues. We see people in urban metros urinating in open and do not use public toilets. One of the root cause of the issue for this may be the public toilets are very dirty and there is no one take care of cleaning them regularly or maintaining them. If there is proper co-ordination among government organisations and people do they their duty, this problem could be solved.
For men, we can still afford to urinate behind the trees but for Indian women, it is really difficult when she want to relieve herself. The only option left is either run to a restaurant or be close to market in order to find a safe place. Sometimes when women cannot find a suitable place and have to go in open, people try to look them when she is taking call of nature and this hurts dignity of women and raises fear. It feels really sad when we hear about news like teenage girls being raped and murdered when they went to relieve themselves in the village. Such incidents are common and nothing new in our country. According to the sources by ministry of health, 270 million populations is lacking toilet facility and could not afford to build one. They don’t have much choice and have to defecate in open area. This problem is mainly because people are still unaware about hazards of open defecation. Other issues are subsidies provided by government to build toilets do not reach the right person and due to corruption at various levels.
More than sixty years of independence and we are still not able to save this hygiene issues creates a bad image in the minds of tourists and raises concern whether they should come to our country or not. The tourist travel by trains and if we talk about state of Indian railways or bus terminals, we should conditioned not good either’s have put cloth in our nose as it becomes very difficult to breathe due to foul smell. The other issues are lack of drainage system or water for washing our hands. There is seating pot or it is almost broken and worms coming out of it. There are so many things about visiting toilet when we travel. Time has come that we all stand up to fight for clean India where toilets should be made mandatory for all and as a social responsibility we all should ask questions to government on such issues.
Building a toilet is not that expensive and we can all contribute some amount to help people who cannot afford one for their family. We can also bring about the change in the lives of millions of kids, thereby showing our support for the Domex Initiative. All we need to do is “click” on the “Contribute Tab” on www.domex.in and Domex will contribute Rs.5 on our behalf to eradicate open defecation, thereby helping kids like Babli live a dignified life.