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Why do millions of Indians defecate in the open?

Shannti Dinnoo, BBC News, 17 June 2014

 

It's early morning and local commuters are queuing up for tickets at the Kirti Nagar railway station in the Indian capital, Delhi.

 

Along the tracks, another crowd is gathering - each person on his own, separated by a modest distance. They are among the 48% of Indians who do not have access to proper sanitation.

 

Coming from a slum close-by, they squat among the few trees and bushes along the railway tracks and defecate in the open.

 

To many, this is a daily morning ritual despite the hazards of contracting diseases such as diarrhoea and hepatitis. Read More....