Tag Archives: Toilet

This ‘Chatting Toilet’ is now the rage

They called it the Mahila Gappa Shauchalaya. Which roughly translates as the ‘women’s chatting toilet’. It was an instant success when the model was put up. It offered a safe and healthy experience to women. They could talk to each other as they went about their business. And there was fresh air.

The village is Deolgaon Mali. In Mehkar tehsil. The district is Buldhana in the bowels of rural Vidarbha, of eastern Maharashtra.

It began about three years ago with a regular tussle that the villagers had with the BDO for they refused to offer the money for a community toilet. Continue reading

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In Vidarbha, women design a toilet their way

One village in Vidarbha came up with its own solution. Women spoke out against a public toilet design that the district authority had provided through the state government. The women decided to scrap it. They wanted isolated blocks, with just a 4-feet wall to cover the portion of land that they used to their business. And they wanted short walls around the sitting area. The official showed good sense and adapted that design to what they wanted. Community toilets in Vidarbha have followed that pattern for women.

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No toilets, no school

In thousands of villages across the country, girls commonly avoid school because of the absence of toilets. Women have to wake up well before dawn to defecate. Men can do their business just about anywhere. Public toilets and the personal sensitive nature of excretion is not something that has got enough attention from architects or any kind of planners.

(Pic: Savita Hiremath)

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