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India has so many big problems like rape,corruption,inflation,terrorism,etc which remained in the eyes of media that other problems which perhaps not provide high TRPs but are important enough to affect the millions in our country. The problem of open defecating is as serious as any other problem in our country and it is sad that few are worried for this Toilet Tragedy.
Millions of our countrymen compromise their dignity due to lack of toilets and sanitation facilities. This problem is intense in villages as compare to cities because in cities their are government provided mobile toilets but in villages there are no such options but to defecate in open which leads to health problems like diarrhea,cholera,typhoid,etc arising from unhygienic surroundings. The infants and children are more prone to such infectious diseases and the most of them died due to such illness before reaching the age of five. The infant and child mortality rate in India is 60/1000 which means 60 children died out of 1000 before reaching the age of five and in almost every case the reason behind these deaths are one these diseases. If we compare it to our birth rate which is 20/1000 we can see how horrific is this problem. We are loosing our children at three times the rate of their birth.
Apart from the health issues raised by open defecating , the safety of women and girls is another subject of concern. Imagine woman or girl in your house going to defecate in open at night and that too in village environment where night falls early than in cities and all streets were deserted as soon as sun sets. Open fields or forests areas where open defecation is generally happen are full of dangerous insects and reptiles , moreover mischievous and anti-social elements look such instances as a chance to execute their heinous desires. A study shows that the most victims of rape in rural areas are those women and girls who went for defecating in open. This shows how dangerous open defecating is to our society.But still millions of girls and women compromise their life and dignity due to helplessness of not being accessible to toilets
There is the time we all come together to spread awareness about this issue and come forward to make India open defecating free country. Domex, HUL's flagship sanitation brand is working in this field since November 2013 by running Domex Toilet Academy (DTA) which helps in providing proper sanitation facilities and imparts knowledge of cleanliness. ' Toilet for Babli' program is their latest initiative in providing toilets to villages and making them open defecation free. You can also 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.
I think this is a great initiative and we can do a lot by just a mouse click. This small step would be a big leap for health and safety of millions of kids like Babli.
This post is part of 'Toilet for Babli' initiative by Domex India in association with Indiblogger.
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