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Shameful: BJP IT Cell Uses Journalist’s Image Without Her Permission For a Post on Open Defecation

She slammed the party, rubbished its claims, and added that her report for Factchecker highlights that many villages are open-defecation-free only on paper.

A journalist has slammed the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) IT cell for using her picture without her consent on a post regarding open defecation on social media platforms like Instagram. Further, she also underlined that her report for Factchecker highlighted that open defecation is still a reality in Uttar Pradesh villages contrary to the claims made by the Narendra Modi-led government.

Journalist Swagata Yadavar pointed out that she had posted an image on Twitter during her field visit for a story on Swachh Bharat Abhiyan. Without respecting her privacy, the BJP social media team shamelessly lifted her photo for a post claiming that the country is “98 per cent open-defecation free in 2019”.

In her report, Yadavar highlighted how villages are open-defecation-free (ODF) only on paper. For instance, during her visit to Vishun Pur village in Rae Bareli —which is officially ODF — she found that many women in the village have to get up early in the morning to defecate as they do not have toilets in their houses. Records, however, show that toilets were built in each of the 404 households, per the Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM) website.

Yadavar also suggested that the saffron party should post pictures of actual beneficiaries if they are confident of their claims.

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