A letter from a Karnataka woman has gone viral on social media about how she was forced to defecate in public in the absence of public toilets at a pilgrimage center in Chikkamagaluru district. Bhakta Jademma, who wrote letters in Kannada language, has described her ordeal in detail. He has urged President Draupadi Murmu to ensure construction of public toilets at pilgrimage centers where lakhs of people visit. She also said that the President is an inspiration and a symbol of faith for a woman like her.
The letter read, “The main purpose of the letter is to bring to the fore the suffering of common women like me.” At Bababudangiri, I started getting a feel for nature’s call. I could not find a public toilet. Suppressing the urge, I climbed the Mullaiyangiri hill. I searched the toilet but to no avail.
“Later, I climbed Seethalaiyangiri and looked for a public toilet. The sensation was getting stronger every moment. I could not tolerate it and swallowed the humiliation, I urinated in the public place swallowing the humiliation and humiliation. ” Every day, people fight for their religions and gods. But, their negligence towards toilet construction is unfortunate. When we feel the call of nature, we forget which religion we belong to and join it. If there is any place in the world which is used by people of all religions everywhere, it is the toilet.
“You are also a woman like me. But, you don’t face my problems because you are in power and you have people to serve you. But, unavailability of toilets has lowered the dignity of women like me .. you can understand the pressure of a normal woman to attend to the call of nature.” Women know what difficulties women have to face. The absence of public toilets at a place of pilgrimage where lakhs of people go is a violation of Articles 19 and 21 of the Constitution. We have reached Mars but could not make toilets at these places of pilgrimage. “India is the diabetes capital of the world. They are highly dependent on public toilets. If you build toilet facilities here, the people of Karnataka will not forget.”