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Toilets are locked and sanitation is in a deep sleep

A team from Hindustan, a leading Hindi newspaper, visited some villages, to assess the hype around Swachh Bharat Mission, near Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh. They found that people in these villages, even after having a government latrine in their houses, were not using them. When asked about the reason for not using a government latrine, people argued that the pit of these latrines are too small to be used, having a toilet in ones house is polluting and open defecation is good for health.

People also seemed to be worrying about the taboo associated with pit cleaning. A villager told them, “The government has made such small tanks for our latrines. Who is going to clean them once they fill in a couple of months?”







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