A top Uttar Pradesh police officer on Friday said a majority of rapes in rural areas of the state have occured when the victims had gone out in the open to answer nature's call.
"According to National Crime Record Bureau, UP is at the 22nd place as far as crime is concerned. Here, 10 rapes are reported everyday on an average, of which 60-65 per cent took place when women went to attend nature's call in the open," inspector general of police (STF) Ashish Gupta told reporters in Lucknow.
Meanwhile, Uttar Pradesh Human Rights Commission reportedly took cognisance of rising complaints of sexual assault on women answering nature's call in the open.
A bench of the commission asked chief secretary to inform them about the number of such incidents attributed to open defecation in rural areas.
One billion people worldwide still practise "open defecation" and they need to be told that this leads to the spread of fatal diseases, a UN study said early this month.
The country with the largest number of public defecators---60 million---is India. The practice not only exposes women to dangers of sexual assault, but also to snake and insect bites and animal attacks.