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Villages where building a toilet is considered bad luck

Indian Express, 01 September 2014


In his Independence Day speech, Prime Minister Narendra Modi called for universal access to toilets. In parts of Karnataka, however, convincing people to use a toilet is proving a mountainous task against established mindsets and cultural beliefs.


Early every morning during his tenure as a zilla panchayat president in Koppal of north Karnataka last year, Janardhan Hulagi would walk around villages with gram panchayat officials and children, blowing a whistle to discourage people from defecating in the open. “The intention was not to humiliate them but to tell them that they need to build a toilet,” says Hulagi. Read more....