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“If you don’t have a toilet, you cannot marry my daughter.”

August 14, 2010 Leave a comment

The mothers of the brides-to-be have simplified matters by clearing stating to potential grooms: “If you don’t have a proper lavatory in your house, don’t even think about marrying my daughter.”

Believe it or not, it is estimated that in India more than 660 million or sixty percent of the population still defecate in the open, 660 million people is approximately double the population count of the United States causing a myriad of medical conditions ranging from diarrhea to pelvic cancer.

“Women suffer the most from this situation. They must go outside and they have to do so before sunrise or after nightfall so they can’t be seen.” Some upper-caste communities are not happy having lavatories in their homes because it is believed such an arrangement is unclean.

54 toilets would have to be built per minute to make India “open-defecation free” by March 31, 2012 which is not possible.

Stockholm Water Prize built toilets for ten million Indians.

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