The Bihar village that believes toilets bring bad luck, death
Ghazipur village in Bihar has a bizarre problem. It does not have a single toilet. And the reason is superstition. The superstition took roots in 1994 when Siddheshwar Singh, an affluent farmer of the villager, lost his son to a mysterious disease while he was constructing a toilet at home. It got further ingrained following the death of another villager’s son in 1996 while a toilet was being built at their home. Since then, villagers have been reluctant to construct toilets, despite the government’s Swachh Bharat campaign against open defecation with the objective of promoting cleanliness and improving hygiene.