The district administration of Gautam Budh Nagar district on Saturday declared Chhijarsi village to be free from open defecation. Chhijarsi village is located along the NH-24 near the CISF-Noida crossing.
During a function held at the village on the occasion, district magistrate (DM) NP Singh said, “Chhijarsi village has 721 households, of which 693 households have already constructed toilets.”
“Around 30 more toilets are being constructed through the district’s panchayati raj office,” Singh said.
Officials said they have even finished the construction of public toilets in the village.
“Open defecation causes little harm but poses a threat to safety and security of women and girls. Chances of sexual assaults are high at such places. Even the police records show that sexual assaults have taken place on women when they go to the fields to perform their daily ablutions,” said Virendra Dhada, former chairman of the district panchayat.
“The ill-maintained toilets also force people to defecate in the open,” Dhada said.
The officials said the toilets are being constructed in the villages and schools under the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan to ensure that all houses have toilets on their premises.
“Open defecation causes various diseases such as diarrhoea and intestinal worm infections,” said Dr VK Gupta, former president of the Indian Medical Association.
“It also leads to severe complications and can cause deadly diseases like typhoid, cholera and hepatitis. It can also lead to malnutrition and stunted growth in children,” Gupta said.