Lata Devi Diwakar from Kanpur, inspired by PM Modi's Swachh Bharat campaign, sold her 'mangalsutra' to build a toilet at her home.
Through his Swachh Bharat campaign, PM Modi urged and encouraged people to build toilets at their homes. By doing so, he maintains that cleanliness is an important part of our living.
Commenting on the construction of the toilet, Lata Devi Diwakar said that toilets are a basic necessity. And compared to jewellery, it is nothing. "Since, I did not get any help from the government, I sold my mangalsutra for my toilet construction," said Lata.
Toilet is a basic necessity, compared to jewellery and so I sold them. Didn’t get any help from the government: Lata Devi Diwakar pic.twitter.com/vdOVLII5vF— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) October 13, 2016
Uttar Pradesh: Lata Devi Diwakar from Kanpur sells her 'mangalsutra' to build a toilet at her residence. pic.twitter.com/E9huHKFdJM— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) October 13, 2016
"We used to face a lot of problems, finally decided to build the toilet after PM Narendra Modi's campaign inspired me," she added.
We used to face a lot of problems; finally decided to build the toilet after PM Narendra Modi’s campaign inspired me: Lata Devi Diwakar pic.twitter.com/hlAY7TZEO7— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) October 13, 2016
Swachh Bharat was launched to eradicate open defecation by 2019.
Speaking about the need for toilets, PM Modi had said in his 2014 Independence Day speech - "Has it ever pained us that our mothers and sisters have to defecate in open? Poor womenfolk of the village wait for the night; until darkness descends, they can`t go out to defecate. What bodily torture they must be feeling, how many diseases that act might engender. Can't we just make arrangements for toilets for the dignity of our mothers and sisters?"