Jammu and Kashmir

Octogenarian woman constructs toilet in J&K village to make her locality free from open defecation

The Hush Post: While not many have not shown much interest in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘Swachh Bharat Mission’, an octogenarian woman in Badali village of Jammu and Kashmir’s Udhampur district has set an example for others by single-handedly constructing a toilet to make her village free from open defecation.

This 87-year-old woman, named Rakkhi, has become a role model for many with her initiative, DNA reported on Friday.

Rakkhi took the initiative after a team of the District Administration started many awareness drives in the village about “Swach Bharat Mission” to educate people about the bad effects of open defecating. The octogenarian woman is doing the work on her own as she does not have money to pay to the labourers, the report said

The senior citizen women told a news agency that for last one decade she herself had been defecating in open without knowing its ill effects, the report said.

“I want everyone to use the toilet as defecating in open gives birth to many kinds of diseases. I am poor and don’t have money to build a toilet, hence decided to build the toilet with my own hands without any constructed tool or help. My son made the mud for my toilet after which I levelled the bricks and did the masonry work myself. Within 7 days my toilet will be completed,” DNA quoted her as saying.

Udhampur district’s Deputy Commissioner reportedly praised her work. He was quoted as saying: “It is time for people to change their traditional mindset. I was shocked to know that an 87-year-old woman built the toilet herself without any help. I salute the spirit of the woman and everyone should learn a lesson from her.”

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