People in many rural parts of India are still continuing open defecation. Even though the government is spreading awareness of the ill effects of open defecation, the practice is still in being.
Although the government has allotted toilets for individual families, the authorities are either slow or leave things carelessly.
In one incident, a young girl FORCED these authorities to finish the construction of the toilet at her home in her own way.
H. Mahankali is the daughter of H. Mallesh. She lives with her family in Talur Village, Ballari District, Karnataka.
Mahankali is studying VII grade at the Village Government School.
Earlier in the first week of February, Mahankali attended a ‘Toilet at Home’ awareness programme organised by the Gram Panchayat. She realised the importance of a toilet at Home and started an initiative that was ‘too extreme’ for her age.
COMPLETION OF TOILET CONSTRUCTION
Mahankali realised that just pleasing her parents won’t work in completing the job.
So, she turned down eating and drinking until the completion of the toilet construction at her home.
Mahankali’s parents tried to convince her saying that she may fall ill and her exams are approaching near. Strong-willed Mahankali didn’t even try to step back.
The news of the determined young girl‘s hunger strike reached the Gram Panchayat Office and Local Officials.
The officials also gave their try to urge her to break her fast. But they too failed miserably.
The only solution was to complete the construction of the toilet at her home and yes, that is what they did.
With her single-handed determined efforts, Mahankali witnessed the completion of the toilet construction at her home by the second week of February.
TRANSFORMATION TO ‘THE ICON OF THE VILLAGE’
The villagers now consider Mahankali as the Icon of their village. In fact, She rightly deserves it.
Mahankali’s father, H. Mallesh said,
We don’t have a proper house. When my daughter refused to have food and drink water, I felt ashamed. I tried to convince her. The Gram Panchayat President, Secretary and other members came to my house, talked to her and started work on the toilet. Now, people are talking of her determination. I feel very proud. Overnight, she has become the ‘icon’ of our village.
Mahankali’s school teacher also felt proud of Mahankali and appreciated her. As stated by Times of India, One teacher said,
We felt proud when we came to know that Mahankali had decided not to eat or drink for the construction of a toilet. Now, she has become an ambassador in the village, villagers talk about her very proudly.
Bold and tenacious Mahankali said,
I was inspired after attending the toilet awareness programme at school. I started the agitation almost blindly, but was very grateful it was fulfilled. Villagers should come forward to avoid open defection.
There are still thousands of villages and lakhs of families without a toilet even though they have been allotted one by the government.
Mahankali’s determination will definitely help these families demand what they are allotted.
We also applaud Mahankali for what she had achieved at her age.