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'Sanitation for all will bring down crimes against women'

Business Standard, 11 July 2014


Applauding the proposal to provide sanitation to all households by 2019, Sulabh International founder Bindeshwar Pathak Friday said the step would bring down sexual crimes against women in the country.


Arguing that sexual assaults often took place because women are forced to answer the call of nature in the open, Pathak cited the horrific gang rape and murder of two sisters in Uttar Pradesh's Badaun village who were abducted when they went to relieve themselves in the open.


"By giving such importance to the issue of toilets, the government will also succeed in tackling women-related crimes and sexual assaults which they face for want of toilets in rural areas," Pathak said in a statement. Read more....