Open defecation is not just unhygienic and unhealthy for the people but has also become a life threat to many. Leopard attacks are a fairly common occurrence in the Himalayan state, 71% of which is forest. In the first four months of this year itself, Uttarakhand has seen 16 deaths, besides injuries to two dozen people, owing to leopards. If not the wild animals, then women are vulnerable to be molested during wee hours of the day.
With effective lobbying and consistent support from local NGOs and concerned groups, toilets are now being constructed in various villages of Uttarakhand, but there is still a long way to go. Read more