No Toilet, No Privacy – How Women Are Suffering In Flooded Bihar

Woman in flood-hit Bihar
The total toll in the Bihar floods rose to 127 on Wednesday.

Maner/Danapur: With their houses submerged deep into the water, the flood-hit women in Bihar have nowhere to go to. Not even a place to relive themselves.

Of three relief camps that the state government has opened in Maner in Patna district, there is not even a single private toilet for women.

Compromising their privacy and fighting embarrassment, women are left with no choice but to go to crowded embankment or to rivers to relieve themselves.

Munia Devi, in her early 40s and a resident of Nayatola village near Maner, said, “Poor women like us are without any help when floods submerge our villages. It is our fate. No one can imagine what we have been going through.”

Mahender Yadav, an activist working among flood victims, said, “Flood-hit women are facing more problems. They have to swallow their dignity to find some place in the crowded embankment. They can be seen looking for a polythene sheet or bag which they wrap around themselves and stand in water to relive themselves.”

Mr Yadav further pointed out that authorities have failed to provide even polythene sheets and they are in short supply.

Lakhni Devi, a middle-aged woman who, along with her family, has taken shelter at Daldev Inter School in Danapur, in Patna district, said women are real sufferers in the times of floods.

“There is one toilet but it is closed we have to relieve ourselves nearby, ignoring the shame,” she said.

The situation is no better for those who have stayed back in their villages as they have had to shift to rooftops and other higher ground, where privacy is at a premium.

Woman stuck in Bihar floods
It’s testing times for women in Bihar.

Surender Rai, a resident of Mahavir Tola near Maner, and his family have not left the village. Mr Rai who is a father of two young daughters said, ” Women are in a similarly difficult situation here. Women have no choice but to close their eyes and minds to this situation.”

Nikhil Anand, a social activist in Maner pointed that the plight of pregnant women and those with new-born children is much worse. The authorities have failed to plan makeshift toilets.

Bihar has been reeling under massive flood situation due to swollen River Ganga. The floods caused by spate in rivers Ganga, Sone, Punpun, Burhi Gandak, Ghaghra and Kosi have affected 29.71 lakh people in 4,222 villages.

The total toll in the Bihar floods, including the deaths on Wednesday and those in Kosi areas earlier, have risen to 127.

Chief Minister Nitish Kumar said the flood situation and operations of relief camps were being closely monitored.

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  1. questions like when do you plan to have a child to married ladies will be asked. this has to be stopped.

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