After my marriage when I shifted my husband ancestral home Rampur village in Uttar Pradesh. It was hot humid conditions of summer and at that time, we used to live in a bungalow and our means of transportation was cycle. My husband was still looking for job struggling at that time and used to help my father in law. There was nothing much in village and with no basic amenities like medical, roads or grocery shop. The worst part was that our home was located next to the railway station. Every morning, I could see people having a bottle in hand and going out in open to defecate near the railway tracks or waiting for train to stop in order to use the toilets. There were no public toilets and government local bodies had done nothing for developing the village. In one of instance a young girl was crossing the tracks to go to other side to defecate was hit by the train and died on spot. This incident raised the concern for the people in the villages that innocent girl could have saved her life if there was a toilet at her home. After the incident Pradhan decided to build a public toilet and raised point to be away from tracks. But building a single toilet could not solve the issue as it was not enough to cater village population.Villagers continued to take risk and go into bushes or cross the track for finding a place where they cannot be seen by anyone.
Few days later, my husband got job and we shifted our base to Delhi. Now twenty years have passed and we have moved to the national capital but still when we go back to our village to see our ancestral property, we find the things have not changed much and still people go out in open to relieve themselves. On the day of arrival, we came to know about an incident in the village that one girl was bitten by a snake and died while she was in the bushes to defecate. It raises a doubt in my mind why there are still no toilets in the village and how many more precious lives will be lost and small girls will have to pay the price for it. The toilets are need of the hour and basic human right. When we have public toilets, it will help to keep the roads clean, reduce the risk of diarrhoea and also ensure dignity of women.
Proper sanitation and hygiene is important for everyone to be fit and healthy. It is positive sign from our new Indian government with initiative to build toilets in school with help of many multinational companies as a part of corporate social responsibility. This will certainly help in creating awareness and help poor people who cannot afford to build toilets.For this support,Domex has also come forward and set up #ToiletFoBabli campaign and asked for public participation.
I have done my part by contributing in this campaign and I would ask everybody to support Domex #ToiletFoBabli initiative. All you need to do is “click” on the “Contribute Tab” on http://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.