The movie ‘Toilet Ek Prem Katha’ highlights the important issue of open defecation in the country, especially, in the rural areas. As per the Swachh Bharat Status Report of Nation Sample Survey more than 52.1% people still defecate out in the open, which is a major public health hazard.
‘Toilet Ek Prem Katha’, starring Akshay Kumar, Bhumi Pednekar and Sana Khan, showcases the harsh reality of women living in rural areas. Women living in cities also, face this problem while travelling. My Medical Mantra spoke to Sana Khan on this growing menace.
MMM- Movie ‘Toilet Ek Prem Katha’ film focuses on improving the sanitation and eradication of open defecation. Your take on that.
Sana Khan- There is poor sanitation in rural areas, which can lead to major health issues. Government is conducting a lot of awareness programmes and giving financial help to the people who are below poverty line so that they can construct their own toilet. Still, it’s a big concern in rural India compared to urban India.
MMM-Have you faced the problem of, lack of access to the toilet while travelling?
Sana Khan- I relate to it. As I have also faced similar situation while travelling by road. Women don’t have options while travelling. And if it’s a long distance journey, then, it becomes very difficult for women. It can affect their health as well. Appropriate steps should be taken to tackle this issue. So that woman can be care-free while travelling.
MMM-According to you, what measures should be undertaken by the government?
Sana Khan- Government should construct more toilets for women at public places. Or make arrangements for green mobile toilets which are eco-friendly. As a safety measure, there should be security at public toilets. Also, there is lack of cleanliness and maintenance at public toilets, constructed by the government. So, a proper action should be taken to improve the scenario. As a clean India can only make a healthy and growing India.