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Taking a leak in public? Activists to blow the whistle on offenders

Social activists in Indore have decided to blow the whistle on public urination, almost literally.

indore Updated: Jan 25, 2016 22:12 IST
Nida Khan
Nida Khan
Hindustan Times
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Members of Submission Welfare Society hold placards denouncing urination in public.(Shankar Mourya/HT Photo)

Social activists in Indore have decided to blow the whistle on public urination, almost literally.

A group of young volunteers, under Submission Welfare Society (SWS), have decided to blow a whistle on spotting someone taking a leak in the public. The volunteers will also present the offender with a rose and friendship band and counsel him against urinating in public.

“Our aim is to make people understand and feel embarrassed about taking a leak in public,” said Faisal Qureshi, president of SWS said.

The organisation formally launched the campaign on Sunday and will continue the drive for a month.

On the first day of the drive the Muslim social group caught more than 200 offenders within four hours.

“We started around 9.30 am and spread across six locations in the city where the problem of public urination is quite common,” said Zaid Ali, an engineering student, who was a part of the campaign.

A volunteer was deputed by the group to keep a watch at a prefixed spot. On spotting a person taking a leak in public the volunteer was told to blow a whistle. “The volunteer then gave him a rose and tied a friendship band on his wrist while educating him how it caused inconvenience to women passersby,” said Qureshi.

He added the drive was a part of the effort to contribute towards the government’s open defecation-free campaign.

The group advised the people to download a mobile application ‘Ek Number’, which mentions the places where public urinals were located in the city.

The mobile application is a unique social initiative by Red FM, Indore, to keep the city clean and cork public urination.

“It is shameful that people cutting across all economic sections of the society urinate in the open. They do not care if it causes discomfort to women passersby. The issue, moreover, has seldom been addressed by the local administration,” said Saniya Abbasi, an MBA student and a member the of Submission Welfare Society.

First Published: Jan 25, 2016 19:16 IST