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Why India's status as 'open defecation free' is far from the truth

Scroll | 12/06/2022 11:45 AM | Click to read full article

India built over 9.5 crore toilets across the country and was declared Open Defecation Free (ODF) in October 2019. However, the reality seems to be different.

For many, it is a preference rather than a compulsion. Many do not want to live close to human waste and think that it makes their homes impure – an idea which is inconsistent with their regular notions of cleanliness and purity.