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On drones and defecation

Written by r.i.c.e. on November 19th, 2017

Hat tip to r.i.c.e. board member Avinash Kishore for noticing this article in the Hindustan Times: “In Telangana’s Karimnagar, police deploy drone to stop open defecation.”

Two quotations from the article:

“Ironically, almost all the houses in these colonies have toilets. ‘Yet, people were habituated to come out early in the morning for open defecation, despite the hectic campaign about Swachh Bharat in the last two years. So, we thought we could shame them by exposing them through drone camera,’ the commissioner said.”

“The police want to continue the drone surveillance on the banks of the lake after checking the open defecation. ‘We are now focusing on pig-rearers who bring their animals to the reservoir bank and make the waters dirty,’ the police commissioner added.”