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Shocking! Over 100 Girls In Govt Run Hostel In MP Forced To Defecate, Bathe In Open

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| May 11 , 2018 , 13:34 IST

At a time when every state is striving to become 'Open Defecation Free (ODF)', a government hostel for girls in the Madiyadoh village of Madhya Pradesh's Damoh district is allegedly forcing its residents to defecate and bathe in the open.

The hostel warden, quoted by PTI on Friday claimed that they made the girls bathe and defecate in the open due to a scarcity of water. Located around 60 km from the district headquarters, the hostel has toilets but a shortage of water has rendered them useless, forcing students to turn to nature.

According to the hostel warden Kanti Ahirwar, the girls of the hostel, ranging from Class 6 students to Class 12 students, have been facing this problem for the past 1 month.

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"More than 100 girl students living here have to go near a nullah (drain), about 2 km from the hostel, to relieve themselves due to water scarcity in the hostel," she said.

"Both the bore-wells of the hostel have dried up. There is no water in the hostel for the past one month. So, the girls are forced to go to the nullah. I accompany them," Ahirwar said.

The warden added that while the senior district officials had been informed of the problem on several occasions, there had been no change in the situation.  

"The hostel management is somehow arranging water for drinking, but getting water for other purposes is not possible," Ahirwar said.

Due to the water scarcity, the girls are forced to wash their clothes in the nullah water and take bath there as well, the warden said.

After photos of the girls going for open defecation appeared in local media, District Collector Shriniwas Sharma took cognisance of the issue and asked concerned officials to look into the problem.

"No officer had informed me about this problem. I have now directed officers concerned to arrange water at the hostel so that the girls are not forced to go out to answer nature's call," Sharma said.