Giving a clear and loud message against open defecation, some brothers in Ajmer and Udaipur have gifted something unique to their sisters.
On Thursday they got a toilet constructed and gifted it to the sisters on the occasion of Raksha Bandhan. Taking it as a unique example, some others have pledged to build toilets and gift them to their siblings too.
Thirty five-year-old Prem Chand Sharma, who works in a private firm, has constructed a toilet in the house of one of his married sisters on the occasion of Raksha Bandhan in Rohini village of Nagaur.
He pledged that he will construct toilets for the remaining six sisters in the coming year.
Sharma said, “I am inspired by the Swachh Bharat Mission of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Nagaur district collector has encouraged villagers to construct toilets. We also got a grant of Rs 12,000 to construct these toilets. I really felt bad watching my sisters going to fields for defecation. In our village, women wait for dawn to go to the fields. I have gifted a toilet to one of my married sisters and will gift other sister by next year.”
Prem, who has a daughter, said, “I am not rich but when I see my daughter going to the fields for nature’s call it hurts me. The respect for my sister in her in-laws has increased when the toilet was constructed and this is the best thing which a brother can do to mark the Raksha Bandhan,” he said.
The toilet has a geyser facility too and the total cost of the toilet was Rs 92,000,” added Sharma.
In Udaipur too, the festival of Raksha Bandhan was memorable for many sisters in Bhallon-ka-Guda village.
Their brothers gifted them a unique presentation that would soon relieve them from great difficulties and inconvenience in daily life.
Brothers have signed a commitment letter to construct toilet in their homes by October 2 so that their sisters would not need to go out for defecation.
“Seven persons gave their consent and signed a commitment letter that they will free their sisters from the miseries of open defecation,” said Udaipur collector Rohit Gupta.
“I didn’t realize it earlier but when they told me how much difficulty ladies face daily to relieve themselves I decided to set up a toilet in my home. What better could be a Rakhi gift for my sister? ” Madanlal Dangi, a resident, said.
The brothers who signed the letter also vowed to motivate fellow beings to do so, Sharma said.