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After 4 Years Of Swachh Bharat, Open Defecation Down 26 Percentage Points, But Toilet Use Does Not Match Construction Spree | Swagata Yadavar | Indiaspend |

More Indians living in villages in Rajasthan, Bihar, MP and UP       owned a latrine in 2018 than four years ago, yet 44% of them still defecate in the open, according to a study published by rice and Accountability Initiative.  The study concluded that beliefs about caste “impurity”  associated with emptying latrine pits were responsible for the high percentage of people who defecate in the open.   Comments about the study by the Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation are included.   Read more…