On 25th of September 2019, Two Dalit children were brutally murdered (beaten to death) for openly defecating near a village panchayta building in Madhya Pradesh’s Shivpuri district.
Exactly a week after that on Mahatma Gandhi’s 150th birth anniversary, the PM of India, Mr. Modi did not even hesitate to unscrupulously lie to the entire Nation. He looked straight into the eyes of citizens, with Bapu’s image very close, and declared rural India Open Defecation Free.
In his recent speeches, he even says India, mind you, not rural India is ODF.
But is India really Open Defecation Free?
- Bhavkedi, the village where the two dalit children were killed, was declared and recorded as ODF. Therefore, according to the Government, every household in this village has a toilet, which has been built under the broad aegis of the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan (SBA).
However, the kids’ death shows that whatever the statistics, the truth appears to be quite different. Also, an India Today ground report found that most houses in the area do not have toilets.
This incident shows that ODF India still remains a distant dream.
- In Oct 2018, the Govt. claimed that 95% of the SBM(R) target had been accomplished.
But in reality, according to the latest NSSO report, about 30% of rural households AND 4% of urban households lacked access to toilets in Oct 2018.
Now, Mr.Modi claims 100% ODF India. Unfortunately, he doesn’t realise that the people of India are connected to the ground reality and can’t ignore lived experiences how much ever he LIES.
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