As they say, India is a land of contradictions. Sometimes the contradictions are so cruel and heartless that we feel genuinely hurt and ashamed. The very fact that there are 597 million people defecating in the open even today makes me feel that we still have a lot more to achieve before we call ourselves a ‘Super power’. If we cannot ensure that our people have proper sanitary facilities, what does it tell of us? Now if that was not enough, what if I tell you that the 597 million people I have mentioned above also include women. Imagine how shameful and embarrassing it is for a female to defecate in the open. If we travel through India on a train in the early morning, you can see countless people squatting beside the railway tracks or in the fields and defecating in the open. It is high time that we realize that GDP is not the only indicator of a nation’s growth.
The sorry state of hygiene in our country is indeed an issue which requires our immediate attention. As per a report prepared by the WHO and UNICEF, India tops in open defecation. The report also mentions that our neighbors Bangladesh and Vietnam have shown considerable improvement in reducing open defecation since 1990. If they can, why can’t we? The hazards of not having proper sanitation include contracting diseases. The young children who start this practice of defecating in the open at a young age face a very serious threat of contracting diseases such as Diarrhea, Cholera and many other diseases as well.
In addition to the diseases which is caused by open defecation, it also impacts the dignity of a female. It pains when I think India is a country where women are worshipped as Goddesses and in the same country, our women do not have the bare minimum sanitation facilities. Moreover, it also exposes them to a risk of sexual assault. We cannot go on letting this happen. How long will young Munni live without the basic sanitary facilities in her home? How long will the young Babli defecate in the open?
Today it is our duty to make sure that our fellow Indians have the basic sanitary facilities at their homes. We cannot blame everything on the politicians. At least, we should try our bit to make people aware of the sorry state of affairs. 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 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.
So what are you waiting for? Start right away.