31 Aug '14, 9am
New toilets for poor, crime-hit village in #India is good news for vulnerable women
KATRA SHAHADATGANJ, India (AFP) - More than 100 new toilets were unveiled Sunday in a poverty-stricken and scandal-hit village in northern India, where fearful and vulnerable women have long been forced to defecate in the open. Sanitation charity Sulabh International handed over the brightly coloured structures to cheering villagers in Uttar Pradesh state, just weeks after Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced every household should have a toilet within four years. Defecating in the open is a major social and health issue in India, particularly for millions of women who face harassment and assault when venturing after dark into village fields to squat. "The toilets will give our lives a new meaning," said Madam Premwati Devi, a 45-year-old mother of five, at the unveiling ceremony in Katra Shahadatganj village.