From sexual predators to leopard attacks: Why Uttarakhand’s women are demanding toilets

For the last two years, 56-year-old Kamla Devi of Batoli village, Rudraprayag district, heads every morning for the forest to fetch oak leaves for her cows, with a sickle in one hand and a bottle of water in the other. One day, no sooner than she had squatted at what she thought was a safe spot to answer nature’s call, a leopard pounced upon her. Narrating the incident to YKA, she said she was terrified for a split second, but in spontaneous retaliation attacked the big cat with the sickle at hand. Kamla sustained grave wounds and had to be admitted to a hospital in the nearest town, but the leopard succumbed to its injuries. The hazards that come with open defecation go much beyond the outbreaks of diarrhoea, typhoid and cholera and other deadly diseases. The isolated spots hill folks seek out to answer nature’s call are typically in the forests, and who else cohabitates the forests – wildlife, but naturally. Read more

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