Globally, institutions and individuals have been highlighting the sanitation crisis through various means. The movie ‘Toilet: Ek Prem Katha’ has been heavily praised for bringing awareness about the issue. It inspires people to take action about open defecation. Here are the key things the movie teaches us about sanitation.
Worldwide, 4.2 billion people live without "safely managed sanitation" and around 673 million people practise open defecation. The movie highlights the various issues around defecation. The protagonist takes a firm stand for ‘Sanitation for all’
Choose toilets for the environment as well as your health. Toilets save lives, because human waste spreads killer diseases. A toilet means safety, a toilet means health. Imagine what it would be like for a girl on her period have no access to a toilet.
Stand for a cause even if it means standing against the system. The protagonist, Keshav (Akshay Kumar) in the movie fights for a cause at the risk of his marriage. There came a point where they were almost divorced. But he stood for the change; together they made the decision to make the impossible, possible.
In the process of breaking a taboo, you will have to put your patience to test. Bringing change in the mindsets of people requires a lot of patience. Be it any issue, persistence is the key to successfully handle it. Both the characters almost broke down in the process but they stayed perseverant till the end.
In the movie, one of the supervisors of the village took advantage of the illiterate people and made them believe in what he wanted them to believe. The least you could do is keep yourself and others around you informed and aware.