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How domestic workers are denied access to toilets they clean

Even though we are in the 21st century there are still a few things that we have not been able to accept and practice. Meena and Preeti are two domestic workers who work diligently all day long, but are unable to access basic amenities like toilets. They are refused to use the washrooms at their... Read more

Despite being perfectly healthy, I’m forced to wear adult diapers to work

For the last 29 years, answering nature’s call has been one of my biggest struggles – because finding an “accessible toilet” in our country is like finding a needle in a haystack. When I took up my first job at a domestic call centre, I knew it had no lift, was on the first floor... Read more

Open defecation in India: forcing people to stop is not the solution

While access to toilets remains a major concern, the scenario is even worse when it comes to the third gender. There are practically no toilets for transgender in our country, apart from just one in Mysore. This means over 4.88 lakh (as per Census 2011) transgender people are compelled to use the toilets that relates... Read more

For almost 5 lakh Indians, using a public toilet means abuse and harassment

Less than a year after the Karnataka government honoured a trans woman with the state’s second highest civilian award, she had to face humiliation at the legislative assembly premises merely because she needed to use the toilet. Akkai Padmashali, 33, a well-known trans-rights activist, was presented with Rajyotsava award on November 1, 2015, for her... Read more

The Saviours of Sarsaiyya Ghat

Kanpur is the industrial hub of the state of Uttar Pradesh (also popularly known by the sobriquets, ‘Manchester of India’ or ‘Leather City of the World’) is famous for its Kanpuriya Holi and Ganga Mela. The Ganga Mela is celebrated at the city’s well known Sarsaiyya Ghat annually during Holi. This tradition is connected to... Read more

Breaking down the reality Of PM Modi’s Swachh Bharat Mission

As the Swacch Bharat Abhiyan completes its two years, a lot is being talked about its practices and attitudes. But it is time to look beyond numbers and explore the kind of impact it is bringing in the lives of the people. It is important to realise the dream of a cleaner and healthier India.... Read more

Is your well-being in a health professional’s (clean) hands?

The world marks Global Handwashing Day every year on October 15. This year, let us bring the spotlight on to a group that we turn to keep us healthy, prevent and treat our ailments: health providers. India continues to battle pressing health problems such as deaths among new mothers and new borns, infectious diseases like... Read more

Swachh Bharat by 2019? Progress projections and the challenges of latrine use

The Swachhta Status Report 2016 developed by the National Sample Survey Office (NSSO) was released this month by the Government of India. Based on an extensive survey conducted in mid-2015, the report provides interesting insights on the sanitation situation in India. To highlight a few on the rural side: 45 per cent households reported having... Read more