HUBBALLI: Danapur village in Koppal district broke out in celebrations on Sunday, after Prime Minister Narendra Modi made it a point to appreciate Mallamma Sannaningamma Bagalapur in the course of his Mann ki Baat programme. The class 10 student had protested for a toilet in her home in July.
Mallamma said she had never expected such recognition from Modi. “I have no words to express my feelings over the PM’s comment. However, I was sensitized about the importance of toilets by campaigns in school and the village,” she said. “Our teachers would emphasize the need for toilets. Their words like `Toilet is our right’ and `Toilet is a symbol of self-esteem’ motivated me to demand a toilet. However, my mother would cite the reasons of poverty . Though I told my family about the government’s subsidy of Rs 15,000 for dalit families, she always said toilets were for rich persons. Then I decided to sacrifice food till my mother agreed to construct a toilet.”