On October 2, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis had claimed that Maharashtra is open defecation- free, which was also confirmed by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC). Still, there are now toilets in some areas of Mumbai. Due to which women have to defecate in open, this invites a lot of health problems.
Central government initiated ‘Swachh Bharat Abhiyan’, with an aim to make urban and rural areas open defecation-free. Committee of Resource Organisation (CORO) and ‘Right to Pee’ organisation who are fighting a long battle to get toilets for women conducted survey on 100 toilets in Chembur’s ‘M’ ward.
The survey revealed, still; there are now toilets in some areas of Mumbai. Due to which women have to defecate in open. Due to which major health problems arise. Some toilets are closed early due to which women have to defecate in open. Some toilets even do not have lights or doors.
Speaking about ‘World Toilet Day’ which is on November 19, women expressed their views about the issue whether Mumbai is open defecation-free.
Bharti Mohite, a Chembur resident said, “There are only few toilets in the area and the toilets are dirty. Government has undertaken ‘Swachh Bharat Abhiyan’. But, there are no toilets for women in Chembur area.”
According to Usha Deshmukh, “Women and children face a lot of problems due to fewer toilets. Since the last 6 months, we have been following up regarding this issue. We met the corporator. But, no one is paying attention to it.”
Supriya Jan-sonar, coordinator, Committee of Resource Organisation (CORO) and ‘Right to Pee’ said, “Every women has a right to use toilet. Few months ago, government said that Mumbai is open defecation-free. Owing to which, the survey of 100 toilets of Chembur, Mumbai was done. We found that still women defecate in open, as they have no option. There are no doors and lights in the toilets. There is a lack of participation of people in the campaign to make Mumbai open defecation-free.”