The surprising truth of open defecation in India | Sangita Vyas | TEDxWalledCity
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The speaker, Sangita Vyas, delivers an excellent speech on open defecation in India. She starts off with the question that although India is such a rich country in terms of diversity and intelligence, why is it that it is always fitted to the filthy images of garbage lying around and people defecating in the open! An alarming 65% of rural Indians defecate in the open! That means the number of people defecating in the open in rural India is more than the population of the US! The open bacteria from the faeces are the reason of a number of diseases and also the stunted growth among children.
Some of the points that emerged out in the discussions are stated below.
One of the major issue is about prioritization. Even if a family has enough funds or infrastructure to build a latrine, they do not give it a priority over other matters. It was also pointed out that handling faeces carries a little amount of stigma attached to it, India being such a religious country with a history of caste. We highlighted that it should not be felt that the cleaning of a latrine pit be the job of lower caste. Modernization in the thinkings of the Rural population is necessary to reduce the number of people defecating in the open. We also pointed out that there is a need to educate the rural population that defecating in the open is actually bad. Also, we need to be experimenting like crazy to address people about their real concerns related with open defecation!