Here’s an interesting factoid report from PSI’s Healthy Lives blog:
While 63 percent of Indian homes have mobile phones, less than half have toilets.
Here’s a map showing rates of toiletlessness (They persist in referring to them as latrines):
The PSI article quotes an Indian official::
“Open defecation continues to be a big concern for the country as almost half of the population do it,” Registrar General and Census Commissioner C Chandramouli said while releasing the latest data. “Cultural and traditional reasons and a lack of education are the prime reasons for this unhygienic practice. We have to do a lot in these fronts,” he said.
Cultural and traditional reasons and lack of education? That’s why Indians poop outside?
How about the Indian government’s lack of investment in basic infrastructure?