Kumhari village in Madhya Pradesh’s Balaghat district is today one of the open defecation free villages, and the credit for the success goes to an 8-year-old swachh warrior. Tushar who suffers from speech and hearing impairment since birth, was not in favour of the age-old tradition of open defecation in his village. He saw many people in his neighbourhood practice open defecation, and belying his age and physical condition, he decided to take on the challenge to fight open defecation. Tushar knew if he wants to end open defecation in his village he will need to educate his villagers. First, he started getting up at 5 AM every morning and before going to school, went from door-to-door simply to tell masses not to defecate in the open. Via simple hand gestures, he would ask people not to opt for open defecation.
Tushar covered 30 to 40 houses daily from early morning and after that, went around the village to catch hold OF the defaulters. With whistle as his tool, he used to stop people from open defecation. On spotting, the Swachh crusader used to continuously blew his whistle till they stopped defecating. Today, thanks to Tushar’s efforts, the village has successfully eradicated open defecation.