Toilets and sanitation are topics that are normally not spoken about. However, on Saturday they were the topic of discussion at the Indian Cartoon Gallery where about 50 cartoons were on display.

The cartoons had witty one-liners and comments, some which subtly spoke about the toilet and how a large number of people in rural areas had no access to toilets. Some others, however, explicitly spoke about the need for effective and clean sanitation. One line read: In India, girls would rather flush their future down a toilet than use a toilet in school.

The cartoons were shortlisted in a contest organised by Sustainable Sanitation Alliance in partnership with many organisations, including Indian Institute of Cartoonists. The event, which aimed to break the taboo about toilets, received over 90 entries from across the globe.

V.G. Narendra, Managing Trustee of Indian Institute of Cartoonists, said that the “offbeat” exhibition would help spread awareness on the need for effective sanitation.

G.S. Naganath, graphic designer who visited the exhibition on Saturday, said, “Normally, exhibitions have themes around daily news and satire. But this exhibition was unique as it was around a public problem that is not usually spoken about.”

The exhibition is on at the Indian Cartoon Gallery, near Big Kids Kemp on M.G. Road, till June 7.

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