Every Indian must strive to make Gandhiji’s dream come true. Toilets at home gives women safety, respect and health. Hence the entire community is saved. Construct toilets at home and save the society’s health.
These are not the words of any politician or advertisement but those of a 4th standard student, 9 year old Prithvi Hiremutt. She has been travelling in villages delivering such speeches to create awareness among public. A student of Basava Tatva Shale in Basavana Bagewadi she was inspired by her uncle Dr Jagadisha Mutt to participate in the campaign. Jagadish mutt is also the State vice-President of Karnataka Basava Sahitya Parishat.
G S Biradar, president of Karnataka Basava Sahitya Parishat and Jagadish Mutt are organising campaign since 3 months against open defecation and to inspire people to construct toilets at home. Prithvi Hiremutt is also touring with them and making inspirational speeches. She is the daughter of Channaiiah and Anitha HIremutt. Her father died around 4 years ago.
She was conferred the Shankaralinga Award by the Kesaratti mutt. After the award ceremony she was returning late with her mother when she saw people going in the open fields asked her mother about it. Her mother and her uncle Jagadish mutt told her about the ill effects of open defecation. She then asked why can’t they take up a campaign to create awareness about constructing toilets at home. Her uncle encouraged her and the campaign was started. It is now 3 months.
On July 18 Akhila Karnataka Basava Sahitya Parishat, zilla panchayath and Kannada and Culture Department had jointly organised a programme about open defecation free State at Ingaleshwara village. Prithvi gave a speech there. PDO of Ingaleshwara R S Patil said people were so inspired by Prithvi’s speech that the very next day they received 314 applications for construction of toilets. Since then Prithvi has been touring and delivering speeches.