Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Insane Sanitation

Hello Reader, 

You can’t make love in public, you know, the Moral Police will belt the sh*t out of you, but you can certainly take a Sh*t, anywhere in India, publicly. I know it sounds horrible but is it not the truth? Facts say that about 600 million people in India still go for defecating in open. 

At the same time, we are also reaching Moon and Mars. Our astronauts are travelling to space. And on such long extra-terrestrial journeys, special care is taken for how the astronauts will use the loo. Great care is taken for the hygiene and good amount is spent for proper sanitation in outer-space. When we can take care of that, which takes place a lot lesser times, then why are we ignoring the millions who are still taking unhygienic ways for defecating? In fact, building a space toilet requires a lot more science and maths than building one on earth. You know, because of the anti-gravity, out-of-the-world problems. Though it is literally no rocket science, yet, we don’t see that happening too often. 

But, what we see happening too often is a row of people from village sitting, queued-up along the railway track for their morning reliefs, as the sun rises in the background, while you are on a beautiful train journey. What is taken in good humor, and is jokingly called “lota leke rail ki patri par jaana”, in India, is actually a serious issue. 

This has many ill effects on health. Especially children under the age of five, suffer a lot from such negligence. Lack of toilets in villages leads to open defecation which gives rise to diseases like Cholera and Diarrhoea, which easily spread among children. 

Another ill-effect which eats our civilized society is the dignity of women in village, who also have to go to the loo, in open. Ironically, in many villages in India, purdah system is followed, where a woman has to keep her head covered under a veil, so that other men do not check her out and mainly because of orthodox, family ordeals. And they allow their head-covered women to go out in open, with uncovered bottoms? Is it not wrong at so many levels? This issue has been neglected for many years and has been the culprit for many social crimes and mishaps too. 

Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi has also initiated this agenda of building and providing clean toilets in every village so as to bring an end to the issue of unhygienic ways of defecating. Along with this, private company DOMEX, which is well known for their sanitation products are a part of this project, running a programme called Domex Toilet Academy (DTA), helping to solve the issue for a long term wellness in Indian villages. (You can read more about it below)

And you and I can be a part of this programme by doing a simple task of clicking a mouse button. 


Click on the link and help Babli, the village girl, reach a nearby toilet, safely from the evil eyes of anti-social germs, unhealthy germs and the old, unwanted practices of unhygienic defecation. Each click contributes Rs 5 to the noble cause of making every Indian village free from open defecation. 


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.  

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.

- Ashish

Thank You Indiblogger 
and Domex for this Idea. 

Image Sources:
1. http://www.wsp.org/sites/wsp.org/files/images/wsp-cartoon-calendar-May-2013.jpg
2. https://www.indiblogger.in/happyhours/toilet-for-babli/#submission_ideas
3. http://lowres.cartoonstock.com/health-beauty-astronaut-toilet-toilet_rolls-space_age-problem-mgtn247_low.jpg


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