GONE TO POT?
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.