PATNA: Two children were saved by local villagers from being drowned after they jumped into a local pond to save themselves from being caught by a team of official engaged in declaring the areas Open Defecation Free (ODF).
The incident took place in Chenari locality of Rohtas district on Thursday.
Reports said the victim children along with other co-villagers were defecating in the open in the morning when the ODF team made a surprise inspection.
Seeing the team, everyone started fleeing, the children too. However, in a bid to save themselves from being caught, they jumped into the flooded pond. Luckily, they could be saved by the local villagers. Initial reports had said they got drowned.
As per reports, the officials have been imposing monetary fines on the people caught defecating in the open and the victims jumped into the pond just to escape being fined.
As per media reports, the local administration has launched a drive against open defecation as it wants to declare them Open Defecation Free before Independence Day.
Similar reports have come from north Bihar’s Sitamarhi district where more than 600 persons have been arrested and heavy fine realized for defecating in the open.
According to an official report, around 16.5 million households out of over 110 million populations in Bihar currently do not have toilets in their homes, forcing the people to defecate in the open.
Right now, only about 3,000 villages out of total over 44,000 in Bihar have been declared free from open defecation.