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Clean-India initiative

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Congrats fellas, for making India the country with maximum population practicing open defecation. Just 597 million people. That's it!

Defecating alongside the walls of govn. buildings, children glaygrounds, at the rail lines and by the riverside. In short, at every place other than your home. Creating the outside world, a vast toilet. Thats what you have been doing since years. I'm not here to make anyone feel ashamed of defecating in the open (though it's better you do) but to warn you because its not just you who suffers from the unhygienic environment, but me as well. For I share the same soil, air and water as you do.

People may practise open defecation as a matter of cultural or habitual preference or lack of other hygienic choices. Also, I agree, the public toilets may not be so attractive or even hygienic at times. But you do need to keep in mind that it has disastrous effects on the health of you and your family. It may lead to various diseases like diarrhoea and intestinal infections that may be fatal at times. According to the UN, a child dies every two and a half minutes due to issues related to open defecation.

Women are most impacted by it. They face major issues related to health and safety which also impacts their dignity. Rapes and sexual molestations are often faced by women and girls at times. Some may even be kidnapped, looted or even killed due to any unspecific causes.

The need of the hour is to create social awareness of the same amongst all sections of the society, both rich and poor. A change in the mindset of the people is what can serve the purpose. People should understand that the world's a larger home. Every person must understand his duty to keep his HOME clean and healthy. Without eradicating the social norms of open defecation,  the goal cannot be achieved. Praise those who have worked on overcoming these communal norms. Also the government must understand the severity of the issue and provide better sanotation solutions need to be provided. The BPL households must be provided wih toilets under some government run initiattives. Learning from the countries that have achieved a lot of progress over the issue can work wonders if done wishfully.

A lot many welfare initiatives have been made for the same.  Dorex is one of them. 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.