Badaun, UP, 22 July-2014, Tanima Biswas/NDTV: Young Lakshmi is filled with fear every time she has to step out of home and go the fields 200 metres away to relieve herself in the night. The 19-year-old lives in a small Uttar Pradesh village in Badaun district only a few houses away from where two young girls were allegedly abducted, gang-raped and murdered in May.
The two teen cousins had stepped out to go the fields at night. They were reported missing soon after, and were found hanging the next morning from a tree.
Amid global outrage, there was a demand for access to safe sanitation for women and it was announced that 100 toilets would be built in the Badaun village for 400 families. Sulabh International, a leading NGO, began construction of toilets.
But two months later, these are nowhere near finished. Lakshmi, who has five unfinished toilets near her home says, “Work was stopped around 10 days ago…so we can’t use these toilets. We are very scared when we go out of the house to relieve ourselves after dark. But how can we use these toilets?”
Sulabh says that they will hand over fully functional toilets to these families in the next few weeks.