GONE TO POT?

India Today - - UPFRONT -

Speak­ing on the oc­ca­sion of ‘World Toi­let Day’, on Novem­ber 19, Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi said end­ing open defe­ca­tion would be the “best gift” for In­dian women. The Swachh Bharat web­site shows con­sid­er­able progress is be­ing made to­wards that goal, with mil­lions of toi­lets be­ing built and thou­sands of vil­lages de­clared open defe­ca­tion free. De­spite the im­pres­sive sta­tis­tics on dis­play, a new re­port by the UK-based NGO WaterAid on “the state of the world’s toi­lets” shows just how far In­dia still has to go. The re­port “ex­plores how the lack of de­cent toi­lets around the world pre­vents women and girls from ful­fill­ing their po­ten­tial”. While Ethiopia has the high­est per­cent­age of peo­ple in the world with­out ac­cess to toi­lets, In­dia still has the high­est num­ber.

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