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A sanitation crisis in India

The Hindu, 27 March 2014


Sanitation lessons for rural tHE HINDU ARCHIVES


NEW DELHI: Highlighting issues like menstrual hygiene management, women’s dignity and poor defecation facilities, a national convention on Tuesday raised concern on the sanitation crisis in India which has reached an alarming stage.


The delegates were from various parts of India, along with women and people from marginalised communities. They discussed and put forward the fears they face in day-to-day life.


Veermati, 25, from Bhalaswa resettlement colony in Delhi, pointed out how girls in their area skip dinner to avoid the need to use the toilet in school.


“Children, especially girls, skip their dinner because there is no toilet in the school and in the colony as well. So, we have to find a suitable place to defecate,” she said.


Naffisa Barot from Gujarat talked about women’s dignity and menstrual hygiene management.


“There is an issue of women’s dignity and safety, especially in the light of increasing sexual violence on women and menstrual hygiene management and this needs to be addressed,” said Barot. According to Delhi-based Ramzan, a community leader from New Seemapuri in north Delhi, people in urban poor communities live in unhygienic conditions.


Experts from the field felt it is high time to manage human waste in the country. “We should see the right to sanitation in a much broader perspective, the management of human waste should be treated in an environment-friendly manner and in line with human dignity,” said K.J. Joy from the Forum for Policy Dialogue on Water Conflicts in India.


The convention urged all political parties ahead of the Lok Sabha elections to unite and support the right to sanitation in a comprehensive and non-compromising manner.IANS


Children, especially girls, skip their dinner because there is no toilet in the school and in the colony as well