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‘We want toilet’

The Hindu, 01 January, 2014


SALEM: More than 80 people — including women and children — of Ward 3 of the Salem Corporation blocked the entrance of the District Collectorate here on Monday, asking the district administration to construct a public toilet in the locality.


V. Sathish Kumar (26), a mason, said that more than 300 people belonging to the Arunthathiyar community were living near a renowned hotel on the Salem-Bangalore National Highway. “We are forced to defecate in the open, as there is no public toilet there,” he said.


S. Sivaranjani (22) and M. Maariammal (50) said that women and adolescent girls were the worst affected.


“We have submitted many petitions to the District Collector, Councillor, Mayor, and Commissioner of the Corporation in vain,” they said.


The police removed the demonstrators and were taken to a private marriage hall. They refused to leave the place till they were given an assurance that a public toilet would be constructed there.


President of the Tamil Nadu People Rights Movement Poomozhi who led the demonstration said that they would wait for 15 days for the construction to begin. Failing which, they would occupy the chamber of the Mayor and Corporation Commissioner, he added.