In Jhabua, it is not uncommon to see children lying on cots. Simply lying, not able to get up, not able to walk. The children who are moving, do so with extreme difficulty, their legs severely bent. The prime antagonist here is fluoride.
Fluoride has been entering people’s bodies through the water they drink in Jhabua for ages. It has kept attaching to their bones, accumulating almost parasitically into their bodies, day after day, eventually leading to their bones getting degenerated.
Vikas Ratanjee works as a Policy Advocacy and Communications Lead with INREM Foundation.
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An earlier version of this story erroneously mentioned the district as Nalgonda. It was corrected on September 11th, 2019.