The other day during a journey we halted for a while and when asked for a proper place for defecation, we were disappointed and disgusted at the place, and yet they were charging money to use that place.
It may not come out as a surprise to many, but many of us in India still wash our shit with our hands!!
We are just too ashamed to discuss about it. How many of us tried different and innovative techniques to try and use water instead of paper to perform the daily duty. But that's not the agenda of the blog. Wiki has a very good page about it (Human_feces)
We have a belief that whenever we come out of toilet, it is really important to wash our feet. While, yes there is emphasis to wash our hands but we are specifically asked to wash our feet since misfortune may follow un-washed feet. Nothing was said about the hands part!!!!
I was going through this article today which said that 60% of the open defecation of the world is in India due to various reasons (fixing-dreadful-sanitation-india)It continues to happen all across the country, but it has only increased in the northern states of UP, Bihar, Jharkhand and West Bengal.
We hate to discuss about it, and look down upon the topic. We continue to go to foul latrines and yet not bother too much about it. We've got so immune to it, that open sewers have become a way of life.
For many, it may not even come out as a topic to discuss about. Fortunately, our PM is vocal about it when he said that Indian needs more toilets than temples.
I just hope they simply do not wash off their hands from this issue!