A day after a Class 2 girl approached the police accusing her father of failing to keep his promise of building a toilet in their house, the Ambur municipality made her the brand ambassador of the Swachh Bharat Scheme.
The 7-year-old Hanifa Zaara went to the All Women’s Police Station in Ambur, Vellore district on Monday to file a complaint against her father Ihsanullah. Accompanied by her mother to the station, the girl claimed that her father had promised to construct a toilet in her house if she topped her class in LKG. She said that despite her getting the first rank for two years after that, her father did not honour the promise and hence she went to the police to get him arrested or at least get a written assurance from him in this regard, said news reports.
According to a report in New Indian Express, Hanifa Zaara chose to approach the police since she was embarrassed to tell this to her teacher at school. She went to the police in spite of efforts from her mother to discourage her, in the confidence that the police would take steps to get this done.
As news of this spread, the Ambur Municipality Commissioner announced Hanifa Zaara as the brand ambassador for the Swachh Bharat mission initiated by the central government. The local body has also taken up construction of a toilet in her house, under the scheme of the Union government. Speaking to Times of India, Municipality Commissioner S Parthasarathy said that a certificate in honour of this recognition will be presented to her on Wednesday at a function organised in her school.
Swachh Bharat Mission is a scheme introduced by the Union Government to eradicate open defecation and provide safe sanitation facilities across the country. Under this scheme, the government provides financial assistance to build toilets.