An exceptionally interesting comparison of articles addressing the matter of public urination and its control or containment… First, a New York Times article by Tahmima Anam describes a recently instituted government policy whereby public walls are painted with Arabic script in the hope that men will refrain from relieving themselves at those locations. The idea is that presumably  they will perceive the wall text to be holy (even though Arabic is not likely to be their native tongue). Meanwhile, an article by Ranjani Iyer Mohanty in The Atlantic describes how in Delhi, officials have taken to affixing paintings of Hindu gods to public walls — with much a similar aim, but with quite different political and cultural ramifications. In any event, as Anam astutely points out,  such strategies do nothing to address access to public toilets as such — a matter especially impacting women and one that particularly affects their presence in public spaces.

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