Defecate in open in Bilaspur, get dropped off on city outskirts
Bilaspur: Open defecation in Chhattisgarh’s Bilaspur has invited a peculiar punishment with violators being whisked away and dropped off on the city outskirts.
Bilaspur civic authorities, during a monitoring drive on Saturday, rounded up 28 people who were defecating in open fields, loaded them onto cattle carriage vans and dropped them some 9kms away from the city. Officials also fined another two dozen civilians. Three women who were not carrying cash were handed over to the police.
Sources said the authorities belonged to Bilaspur Municipal Corporation’s (BMC) Swachh Bharat monitoring team. The civic body has formed a team of 200 officials including women home-guards to keep check on open-defecation. Officials have also been forcing violators to do sit-ups as punishments.
Talking to TOI, activist Mamta Sharma said, “Instead of making people feel offended... officials should create awareness.” BMC official Mithilesh Awasthi denied that the violators were dropped off on the outskirts as punishment.