Thursday, November 20, 2014

#ToiletForBabli - In search of hope, hygiene and health

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Toilets are a basic right to every human being. While I have always taken it for granted, I was shocked to see it on TV that most homes in India don't a toilet!

I had ignorantly taken this fact for granted for everyone. After all, all the people I knew had toilets in their homes, sometimes even more than one!


But there are people like Babli who are still forced to defecate in the open. They are still denied this basic right. What is the reason behind this? Is it lack of awareness? or is it lack of funds?


I remember once watching my maid disappear in the garbage dumped on a vacant plot from my roof. I asked my mother about it and she told me that she was playing hide and seek. I was too young to understand it but when I look back on that day, I am amazed that the same state of affairs avail today.


Women in our country and expected to wear sensible clothes lest they provoke the men to rape them or hurt them. They are blamed for the vices of men and termed loose. Men take pride in claiming that the women in their family carry themselves with dignity and are well provided for but it is perfectly alright to set aside their dignity and perform their toilet in the open? Where is the "well-provided" aspect in their lives when they don't even have the basic right of privacy, hygience and hope?


While men can stand and urinate anywhere and no one gives them a second glance, it is too embarrassing for us, women to just sit anywhere and hope to not attract attention. I still remember those twelve hour bus rides to college with no proper stops where I had no means to hoping for a toilet anywhere all through the route. I would stop taking liquids hours before the journey so that I didn't have the urge to urinate while en-route to college! The boys and men in the bus were happy to stop the bus and go urinate standing on the side on the road but what about us? Those journeys were painful, embarrassing and I hope to never have to repeat those experiences ever again!


There is a drastic need of toilets on the highways and the remote areas of the country. People should have the satisfaction of knowing that if they travel they will always find a decent toilet along the route. But before hoping for this to happen, we have to create an awareness among people to have toilets in their homes too.


Every year thousands of people die because of unhygienic conditions of their homes. They have no toilets, they go out in the open to urinate or defecate which leads to the flies sitting on the feces which in turn then pollute the food leaving us ill. Apart from this, having no toilets means no proper means of cleaning ourselves post performing our nature's call which again is unhygienic and dangerous to our health.

As if these problems and inconveniences are not enough, not having a toilet in your home means that women have to venture out in the dark and in all kinds of weather which sometimes gives the criminals easy access to them. This again is a reason added among all the other reasons to have toilets in our homes. With the crime rate against women rising in our country, let's not force our women to go out in the dark for simple things like these.


Our current PM has started a noble venture of building toilets in every home as well as creating awareness among people about their personal hygiene. The "Sulabh- Shauchalaya" system was the first step towards creating a better life for people and may it not be the last!


India, in the 21st century, still has 597 million people defecating in the open. This is mainly due to lack of sanitation facilities. Lack of toilets and the lack of hygiene amenities are the reason for feeble health and a rise in ailments. Women are most impacted by the lack of sanitation facilities in our country. They face major issues related to health and safety which also impacts their dignity. 


Let's join our hands in spreading the awareness about health, hygience and hope for a better life for girls like Babli. Let's join Domex in its latest initiative to help make villages ‘open-defecation’ free.


I have already  taken my first step towards this noble cause and hope for your contribution too. 

Join the Domex initiative. Click the "CONTRIBUTE NOW" button on Domex's website and with every click Domex will contribute Rs.5 for making villages open defecation free.

Take a stand and make the lives of millions of children like Babli happy. :)


About The Domex Toilet Academy:
Domex, HUL’s flagship sanitation brand, currently runs the Domex Toilet Academy (DTA) programme. Domex Toilet Academy was launched on 19th November 2013. It aims to become a sustainable and long-term solution to provide sanitation that benefits the local community and helps stimulate the local economy. The Toilet Academy makes toilets accessible and affordable, while promoting the benefits of clean toilets & good hygiene. Our effort has resulted in bringing the change in the villages of Maharashtra and Orissa and we aim to build 24000 toilets by 2015 in rural areas faced with the problem of open defecation.



This post has been written as a part of Indi-Happy hours on Indiblogger in association with Domex.

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