United Nations (UN) – Water has invited rape convict and self-styled Godman Ram Rahim Singh and his adopted daughter Honeypreet Insan, to lend their support for the World Toilet Day. This development can be a shocker for the people of India as Dera Chief Ram Rahim Singh is currently serving his jail term after he was convicted in two separate rape case while Honeypreet Insan, who was slammed with sedition charges for inciting violence after Rahim’s conviction, is in police custody.

United Nations-Water, took it to its official Twitter handle on Wednesday and said that Dear Honeypreet, we hope you and Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh will lend your voice and support. (“Dear @insan_honey, we hope you & @Gurmeetramrahim will lend your voice and support #WorldToiletDay). With the United Nations inviting Honeypreet and Ram Rahim Singh, it has come as a total absurd thing to see these two people who have been charged for criminal activities being asked to lend their support for a common cause. 

Self-styled Godman Ram Rahim Singh’s inhuman and sexual acts have been thoroughly exposed in front of the world after he was convicted in August 2017 by a special CBI Court and is currently serving his jail term in Rohtak, Haryana. While Honeypreet Insan, Rahim’s adopted daughter has been accused for inciting people  – the supporters of Ram Rahim Singh – to protest against the court’s decision when Ram Rahim Singh was pronounced guilty by the court in rape cases. Ram Rahim was sentenced to 20 years of imprisonment and a fine of Rs 30 lakh imposed on him.

Following Ram Rahim’s arrest, his adopted daughter Honeypreet Insan, who was arrested on October 3 (yesterday), had went missing for for more than a month. There were reports that Honeypreet had escaped to Nepal and other places while she was on a run. Lately, Honeypreet tried to convey it through her counsel that she was ready to surrender and will cooperate in the case.

Celebrated on November 19, according to United Nation, World Toilet Day is about taking action to reach the 2.4 billion people living without a toilet. As per the Sustainable Development Goals, there is a target to ensure everyone everywhere has access to toilets by 2030.

The World Toilet Day spreads the message of cleanliness through an inspiring action to tackle the global sanitation crisis. In 2016, the theme of World Toilet Day was ‘toilets and jobs’, focusing on how sanitation, or the lack of it, can impact people’s livelihoods. Going by the United Nations data, today around 4.5 billion people live without a toilet in their homes to safely dispose their waste.

In 2013, the United Nations General Assembly officially designated November 19 as World Toilet Day. World Toilet Day is coordinated by UN-Water in collaboration with governments and partners.

First Published | 4 October 2017 1:32 PM
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