Yes, there is a Toilet Garden in Ahmedabad. Toilets or the lack thereof are quite a problem in India. Gandhi said that sanitation is more important then independence. And after all these years it is still a huge problem. Most of the cities and villages where the poor live in slums have no sewage system so if there were toilets removal is a monumental challenge. More Indians have cell phones and electricity than have indoor, sanitary toilets and bathing facilities. It is estimated that 640 million Indians still defecate in the open. In 1963, only 8% of Indians had toilets, but as noted in the 2011 census, 55% of the country has access to clean, safe latrines now. That is progress.
Human scavengers are responsible forthe degrading and dangerous job of removing human feces from the dry latrines. Due to the indignity of this work, this community of workers were labeled untouchable. How can anyone who saw Slum Dog Millionaire ever
Gujarat, the state in which we lived, is making progress in teaching sanitation to the villagers. There is a large yellow bus that goes from village to village teaching all who come the fundamentals of sanitation. Hopefully the toilets will arrive soon.
We would laugh and rate the toilets we visited ….some got a “1” just for being there. We carried toilet paper and shared when others were out. And of course we had plenty of hand santitizer. Things are changing ever so slowly for the Indians as far as sanitation and toilets are concerned, but not fast enough, I would say! In my mind clean safe toilets should be declared a “universal basic human right” by the UN. That would be positive project for them to undertake to improve conditions for all the world’s poor.