Cell Phone more than -Toilets In India

India is huge country with crore's of population and variety of languages, festivals and divided into various cities villages and states. What is more important for basic life 'Toilet' or 'Cell Phones? For a youth cell phone is a must because it represents him as a man of 21st century and fashionable.You may see a cell phone with 'Rickshaw wala, a Grocer, a Tailor, and even with a Bus Conductor. Now a days it has become easy to have cell phone. Our governments make huge speeches before elections but after winning they forget. Even the Municipal committees of the city does not try to keep clean and provide the facilities that are important for basic life.

Sanitation and a clean environment are important to improve health of the people and reduce the incidence of diseases among children. The lack of sanitation facilities compounds the trauma of displacement and loss. For instance, in Gujarat, a fact finding team found that there were only 22 toilets for 10,000 persons in one of the relief camps set up for those who had to flee from their homes following the recent communal clashes. This gross insufficiency means that both men and women have to queue up, but while the men can (and often do) stop to empty their bladders by the roadside, the women cannot.

Some research shows roughly 31 per cent of the population in India had access to improved sanitation in 2008. The number of cell phones per 100 people has skyrocketed from 0.35 in year 2000-01 to about 45 today.

"The men can manage somehow and relieve themselves whenever they want, they can walk around and locate some place behind a bush, but we women can't do that."

"It is a tragic irony to think that in India, a country now wealthy enough that roughly half of the people own phones, about half cannot afford the basic necessity and dignity of a toilet," said Zafar Adeel, Director of United Nations University Institute for Water, Environment and Health.

The women of one family affected by the earthquake in Gujarat last year said, "We can speak boldly about the lack of sheets and pillows and blankets, but somehow find it difficult to bring ourselves to mention toilets. That is a subject we are not supposed to mention, it's not done.

"Sulab Shochalay" are made in India but they cost Rs 1 or more from man's and woman's but the woman's who are poor and don't have money to pay what about them?

It is time to do something by our government and politicians but as we all know they won't do anything.


Shrusti Jain

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