Housewives end home strike in return for toilets

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  • Wednesday, 02 Jul 2014


THE housewives of a village in Wardha district, Nagpur, ended a five-day strike, resuming their household chores much to the relief of their husbands.

They had earlier gone on a strike as they wanted their husbands to build toilets in their village in north India.

During the strike by the 225 women, their spouses had to cook, feed the children and work in the farms themselves, Makkal Osai reported.

So the men promised that they would begin construction of the toilets right away and the strike ended on Sunday.

The strike, dubbed Chul Bandh (a home lockdown), was significant because it was in Wardha that the previous government had kicked off a project in 2012 aimed at creating awareness about hygiene and sanitation.

At present, only about 15 out of the 200 households in the village have toilets.

The rest of the villagers would have to relieve themselves by the roadside or in the fields.

Under the community campaign, the government would provide Rs9,100 (RM485) for every eligible household.

The amount was insufficient, so the womenfolk asked their husbands to fork out the remaining funds.

To get their men moving, the 225 women made a call for “first toilet, then work”. They stopped cooking and refused to do any farm work.

> Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi had urged space scientists to develop a satellite for the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) nations, saying that space technology was for the common man and not just for the elite.

Tamil Nesan reported that Modi believed that technology was fundamentally connected to the common man.

He urged Indian space scientists to develop a SAARC satellite that could offer a full range of services which could be used by neighbouring countries.

The benefits of space technology should be shared with those who did not have it, he said, citing the provision of telemedicine technology to Afghanistan and Africa.

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