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Lack of toilets is not the only reason why people defecate in the open

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In this opinion piece, Nikhil Srivastav of r.i.c.e. uses SQUAT data as well as additional qualitative data to explore why many people in rural north India choose to not use a latrine. He urges youth in India to get involved in addressing the challenge of eliminating open defecation in India.


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