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HindustanTimes Tue,30 Sep 2014

Sulabh builds 108 toilets in Badaun village

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Lucknow, September 01, 2014
First Published: 00:48 IST(1/9/2014) | Last Updated: 01:38 IST(1/9/2014)

Women in Katra Sahadatgunj village of Badaun district will no longer have to wait for darkness to attend the call of nature in the open.

Low-cost sanitation NGO Sulabh International on Sunday dedicated 108 toilets built in the village — which has a population of 4,000 people.

After the alleged rape and gruesome murder of two sisters who had gone out at night to attend the call of nature, Sulabh took upon the initiative to build toilets for every household in the village. “The absence of a toilet in a house is responsible for incidents of rapes and sexual assaults in villages.

With Katra Shahadatganj village we have launched a toilet for every house campaign,” said Sulabh founder Bindeshwar Pathak.

According to UN figures, out of India’s 1.2 billion population, only 665 million have access to toilets.

A UN study in 2010 found more people in India have access to a mobile phone than to a toilet. Lack of toilets and proper sanitation costs India nearly $54 billion a year through hygiene-related illnesses, lost productivity and other factors, a World Bank study has found.

“PM Modi too has urged parliamentarians and the corporate sector to help build separate toilets for girls in schools,” Pathak said. Sulabh has adopted the village in memory of the two girls and a vocational training institute will be set up here.


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