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By: Rajat Shaw

Last Update: 2020-11-19 18:12:34 IST

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As we celebrate World's Toilet day on 19th November, are you reminded of the Bollywood film 'Toilet-Ek Prem Katha' where Jaya and Keshav, a happily married couple were on the brink of divorce over a very petty issue that is 'Sandaas' (toilet).

The world today is fighting with the worst pandemic of the decade 'COVID-19' that has claimed the lives of millions of people all over the world and is still claiming.

As we celebrate World's Toilet day on 19th November, are you reminded of the Bollywood film 'Toilet-Ek Prem Katha' where Jaya and Keshav, a happily married couple were on the brink of divorce over a very petty issue that is 'Sandaas' (toilet).

The petty issue was Keshav who was the son of Pandit Vimalnath Sharma believed that a toilet in the premises of the house meant disrespecting the Gods who dwelled in their house.

The trouble begins when Keshav brings his beloved educated wife Jaya to his house who is forced to follow the norms of the house and has to travel several miles to the outskirts of the village into the jungle to pee in the morning everyday.

And to worsen the situation one night when she was forced to go  out in the fields to relieve herself behind the bushes, her father-in-law happened to pass by that place on his motorbike and happened to see her daughter-in-law!

Can you even imagine yourself in that place? In the same way just imagine our lives without private and public restrooms or toilets. What is so inauspicious to build a toilet within the household premise and what is the reason behind being so proud to send your daughters or women of the house to pee in the open?

Even after the Government took various initiatives like Clean India and building public toilets for the public, why do the men of our country are still seen relieving themselves near the drains and every possible vacant wall.

People living in the metropolitan cities are completely unaware of the difficulties that village people have to suffer because of the lack of toilets as well as for their blind superstitions and ignorance.

Many small strips of land were provided by the government in villages as well as cities to construct toilets but people deceive the government and themselves and build up infrastructures such as small commercial shops for their own use.

Men of our country want their daughters, wifes and sisters to be wrapped up in uneding metres of cloth but won't think twice before sending them to pee in the open fields.

The amount of efforts and initiatives that we take up to build schools and colleges the same amount of energy should be invested to build clean toilets in them.

Relieving oneself in the open fields or near the drains or behind the bushes or in the water bodies doesn't add any nutrients or manure to the fields instead pollutes them badly.

One need to understands the body washes out all the unwanted substances from the body in the form of urine and latrine, then how can it be beneficial to the nature?

Moreover letting out in the open not all pollutes our water and land but also the air that we breathe because of its life-taking foul smell. In the rural areas where government schools have been built but due to lack of proper sanitation facilities each year thousands of girls are forced to leave schools because of inadequate toilets.

Generally the schools are quite far from their houses, so during the school hours if they need to use the washroom will they run back to their homes? A very empowering initiative has been taken up by Hindware, one of India's leading Indian sanitary-ware and faucet brands to promote hygiene in our country.

It has showcased a beautiful ad where we see a young girl with her parents is on a visit to the village where the housekeeping lady stays with her daughter. On giving her(housekeeper) a school bag for her daughter she returns it saying her daughter doesn't want to go to the school.

After the three reached outside where the children are seen playing and reciting a poem "that schools have been built without toilets, what type of arrangement is this, neither there are doors nor there are walls so what's the use 'lotta' and 'dabba'?

The young girls are seen questioning their government about how they will go to schools and when will their schools have proper sanitation facilities? Just like the Hindware company our motto should also be 'Build a Toilet, Build her future.'

And at the same time don't just enjoy movies even learn and inculcate from them #Toilet-Ek Prem Katha. Let's join hands together and make India a more hygienic place to live in and send our girls back to their schools and educate them and brighten their future.

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