The ‘Pee’roblem On Indian Roads

Posted by Shreya Johri in Specials
December 16, 2017

Water water everywhere, not one nose spared (a twist in the Rime of the Ancient Mariner).

India is a land of culture and religion. A land where democracy has thrived beautifully, where one can do as they please. This brings me to the main point- Exploitation of liberty.

Liberty means the freedom to do as one pleases. this includes the liberty to attend to mother nature’s call also known as peeing in daily language. The want to urinate is a biological obligation that one just needs to do. No matter how big a person you are, when it comes to using the loo, everyone is in a hurry to “Let it Go” like the way Elsa does in the movie “Frozen”.

The behavior people resort to under such dire circumstances range from crossing their legs and hopping like a kangaroo, to peeing in the open, mostly right beside a public convenience building (especially observed in India). Even though “333 public toilets at petrol pumps, railway stations, bus stands and malls, among other community places across Delhi and NCR, have been added to the Maps database to help the public locate them with ease,” according to the Huffington Post, one can see the beautiful view of men and women peeing on either side of roads. The concept of using washrooms even when available has either not appealed well to the public or there is something wrong with the infrastructure. You will mostly see men though, using walls, corners of houses and to top them all, using open green lands of grass as their personal urinals.

Maintaining hygiene is a habit that  does not seem to be a part of mindsets, but blindly following religious deities is one of the only solution one can use to save public and private walls from contracting “yellow cancer” with a stench so unbearable, that one would think the person has marked that area as their territory. Not using the loo may be due to many reasons, but one receives a reality check when even after the construction of building multiple public conveniences all around, you see people taking a wee while enjoying fresh air. This leads me to wonder, will humans think about saving themselves from such filthiness or will inanimate things like photos of Gods bring about some sense of cleanliness and guilt?