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Indian Children Will Blow Whistle On Open Defecation

Update Date: Nov 03, 2014 01:17 PM EST

Children in India will be armed with whistles that they will blow up while patrolling villages to shame those defecating in the open, according to a new report. 

Madhya Pradesh state government will soon launch the unusual sanitation initiative, in which school children will blow whistles loudly when they spot someone squatting in the open instead of using a toilet. 

"It is not just enough to make 'pucca' (proper) toilets to stop the practice of open defecation in rural areas," Sanjay Dubey, a divisional commissioner for Indore region, told the Press Trust of India (PTI).

"There is also a need to launch an effective social drive in such areas to check it," Dubey said.

Children will also be educated about the need to keep their surroundings clean before handing the whistles. 

"This (blowing a whistle) would make that person feel shameful and would help to check this practice."

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