Every evening, the ghats of Varanasi are hosed down with high-pressure pipes. On the other side of the Ganga, in the first village after city limits, the residents watch — and wait. In Sujabad, home to many of Varanasi’s daily-wage labourers and rickshaw-pullers, they still defecate, bathe, and wash clothes and utensils on the river’s banks.
Until six months ago, Rajwati and her daughter Anjali used to be the last of the 27 families to set up their puja stall on the Ganga ghat in UP’s Dalmau panchayat. In March, they got a toilet at home — and their lives changed. “All these years, we had to wake up early and rush to the field. Setting up a stall in time was impossible. Now, we are the first to reach the ghat,” says Rajwati, a 48-year-old widow and mother of five girls.
Around 5 am every day, the three women of the Thakur household in Bastor Naurang quietly slip out of their home to reach a relative’s house two minutes away. There, they wait patiently, taking turns to use the toilet. Two kilometres away, the residents of Kishorepur have already started their daily trek, plastic bottles in hand, to the banks of the Ganga. Some enter the sugarcane fields lining the marshy bank, others move further down to bathe.
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