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Faced with what you could plausibly callthe world’s biggest pile of crap—the feces left behind every day by the 600 million people in India who defecate outdoors—therecently installed government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi has launcheda campaign to build 5.3 million latrines by the end of August. That’s one persecond. Trouble is, countless Indians still prefer to poop in the fields and on riverbanks, like theyalways have.
As Bloomberg’s Kartikay Mehrotra reports, many ruralfolks find the idea of defecating where they live disgusting. “Feces don’tbelong under the same roof as where we eat and sleep,” one woman tellsMehrotra, explaining why she and pretty much everyone else in her village dotheir business in a field, despite her new government-installed toilet.“Locking us inside these booths with our own filth? I will never see how thatis clean.”
Open defecation is a colossal public healthproblem in many countries, but it's especially acute in India, whereas much as half the population lacks access to toilets. Excrement contaminatesdrinking water, spreading diseases such as diarrhea, which kills some 600,000Indians every year—many of them children. Girls and women are also assaulted on their way todistant fields; in May, two girls heading home after defecating outside wereraped and hanged from a mango tree.
Nonetheless, a survey of rural households bythe Research Institutefor Compassionate Economics finds that most people who owngovernment-provided toilets don't use them. The key issue, the researchers say,isn’t supply; it’s demand. Indians need to be much better educated about whythey should be using latrines.
The good news is that great progress is being made on this problem. In the last 20years, the percentage of people defecating outdoors worldwide has dropped from24 percent to 14 percent. Want to know more? We took a close look at the issuein our recent series "Insanitation."
Laura 4 minutes agoSo if they don't want toilets in theirhouses and everyone else doesn't want them taking dumps by the side of theroad, why didn't the government just compromise and put up separate outhousesor portapotties that might actually get used? Surely it wasn't news to themthis year that rural Indians had this weird attitude about toilets in thehouse, right?
Rodger Olsen 1 minute agoThey are suffering from massive overpopulation. Perhaps the 600,000 people a year who die every year from lack ofsanitation are a blessing. If you stop them from dieing, that means anothermillion starving people alive every year.
Mahatma 1 hour agoOld habits are difficult to break.
Nemo 11 minutes agoNature seems to keep a little checks andbalances in India.
Steven 4 minutes ago600,000 die every year from lack of sanityconditions.
I wish more died. Indians are useless eaters.
Beetle7 minutes ago100% agree that sanitation and publichygiene is extremely worst situation .But fortunately Indians are immune to fewdiseases.Thats why when an westerner goes to India , he may come back home withTyphoid,food poison, dengy , chicken kunya, Cholera, Hepatatis easily.Becausewesterners are living in a clean place and they do not get any diseases becausethey keep their environement clean.I read an article written by Jim Carrey .Hewas cursing Sikhs because he worked in their gas station and he cleans thetoilet and sinks but the Sikhs always urinate in the sink and through chickenbones.In America just go to any indian gas station or spice shop .the Toiletsare never cleaned and there is full of bull chit including human excretionseverywhere.Thats why sometimes they say that their toilets are not working andkeep a board for the whole month "Toilets not working"
Go to Indian restaurant , Toilets are extremely poor hygiene.Indian uses waterto clean their #$%$ after #$%$.After that they never clean the hands asexpected ..Indian woman looks pretty but they have no concept about cleaningand shaving unwanted hair, dental and foot hygiene is worst.Go to richestIndian man house , same chit.He use the one feet of floss for one month.Theyhave no interest in spending any money for hygiene but they keep a ton of goldin their pillow.
Like in Switzerland , hygiene inspectors must raid on and off few indian shopsand restaurants without any prior information.
But Good things about Indians is they are totally harmless,CLEAN souls.withdirty smelly hand.
80% Indians are Vegetarians.Next 20% are severe carnivores.and InfectiousIntellectuals.
Ali Blabba 4 hours agoI was watching some National Geographickind of show about these scientists taking a boat down the Ganges and aboutevery 30 yards there would be a small group of Indians squatting by the riverbank pooping. They just look up and continue their business. After that, I lostall interest in going to India. I've never seen this in any country except forChina where parents let their kids just poop wherever. The kids even have builtin slits in the back of their pajama pants so that it opens up when the kidssquat.
Mar 2 hours agoThe best way to teach these Indians to usetoilet can be:
1.Fecal cleaning TAX for those defecate outside openly.
2.Other possible punishment can be such as public have to buy a small deeppiece of pit outside the village to do their business and they have to coverwith soil.
3. More ideas from Indian Politician required here
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