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Bindeshwar Pathak | The sanitation Santa Claus

Live mint, 09 August 2014

 

Vijaylakshmi was 14 when she came to Hirmathla village in Mewat district, Haryana, from Rajasthan. The first lesson she learnt at her marital home was to wake up at 4am every day and leave the house with a lota in her hand, accompanied by her mother-in-law, in order to defecate.

 

She could almost never go out to relieve herself during the day and had to wait 12-14 hours before she would be herded out again in the evening to “relieve the pressure”. Vijaylakshmi’s parents had a toilet in their home. In 2011, 18 years later, Vijaylakshmi’s house got its first Sulabh toilet. Today, most of the 146 homes in this village, a 90-minute drive down Sohna-Gurgaon Road, have at least one Sulabh toilet. Some have two, three or four, depending on the number of daughters-in-law in the house. Read more....