District Collector Vasam Venkateshwarlu felicitating Alaveni for getting a toilet constructed about an year ago in Sangareddy district.
It is defiance against open defecation and determination to get a toilet. Since her marriage in April 2016 Allampally Alaveni, a resident of this village, has been demanding her husband Shekhar to construct a toilet in their house as she was against going out to attend nature’s calls. Owing to financial constraints Shekhar, who grazes sheep, could never get one built.
In January 2017 Alaveni got pregnant and she was insistent on having a toilet, come what may. Interestingly, there is a belief among the locals that taking up any new construction is forbidden if someone in the family is pregnant.
Against all odds
When some officials proposed to construct a toilet for the family under the Swachh Bharat Scheme, Kisthamma, Alaveni’s mother-in-law, opposed the idea stating that one should not take up digging the mother earth when a woman in the house is pregnant. Even relatives and some village elders put the same argument forward since, ‘it would harm the yet to be born baby’.
However, Alaveni was able to convince Shekar to construct the toilet. “I was against constructing the toilet as my daughter-in-law demanded while she was pregnant. But both wife and husband decided to go ahead and I kept silent,” Kisthamma told The Hindu. The toilet was constructed in January 2017.
Despite her family and villagers’ bode ill, nothing happened to either Alaveni or Kristopher, her baby boy, now nine-months old. Now everyone in the family are happy and sharing their experiences.
After getting to know about Alaveni’s courageous act, District Collector Vasam Venkateswarlu visited her house and felicitated her. “You have become an example for many by defying the wrong beliefs and proved that nothing will happen. Everyone should construct toilets without any hesitation,” said. Mr. Venkateswarlu.
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