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Indian Prime Minister declares the country & # 39; free from stool & # 39;

Indian Prime Minister declares the country & # 39; free from stool & # 39; and says that all 1.3 billion people now have access to a toilet – a week after two children were beaten to death for going to the toilet

  • Premier Modi announces that India has an & # 39; open-stool-free & # 39; country is
  • Despite the skepticism of experts, all 1.3 billion citizens have access to toilets
  • Since the elections, the Modi government says it has built nearly 100 million toilets
  • Two Dalit children were beaten to death in the open air last week

Prime Minister Narendra Modi & # 39; open-stool-free & # 39; declared, despite the doubt that the 1.3 billion inhabitants of the country have access to a toilet.

Modi is expected to make the announcement on Wednesday evening, although experts are skeptical about his claims about sanitation.

The announcement coincides with the 150th anniversary of independence hero Mahatma Gandhi, who ruthlessly campaigned for better sanitation.

It comes after two children were beaten to death in their local village in the Shivpuri district last week for pooping in the open air.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi (shown on UNGA on 27 September) & # 39; open-stool-free & # 39; declared, despite the doubt that the 1.3 billion inhabitants of the country have access to a toilet

Prime Minister Narendra Modi (shown on UNGA on 27 September) & # 39; open-stool-free & # 39; declared, despite the doubt that the 1.3 billion inhabitants of the country have access to a toilet

Modi is expected to make the announcement on Wednesday evening, although experts are skeptical about his claims about sanitation

Modi is expected to make the announcement on Wednesday evening, although experts are skeptical about his claims about sanitation

Modi is expected to make the announcement on Wednesday evening, although experts are skeptical about his claims about sanitation

The prime minister made his & # 39; latrines for all & # 39; promise when he first took office in 2014 and is greeting the success of the project as India celebrates the 150th anniversary of the birth of independence hero Mahatma Gandhi, a champion in sanitary facilities.

Since the election, the Modi government has said it has built nearly 100 million toilets and has won leader awards abroad, including a prize from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation last week.

In March, the government said fewer than 50 million people freed themselves outside, compared with 550 million in 2014, with more than 550,000 villages declared free.

However, experts are skeptical about his claims and cite data from both rural and urban areas.

& # 39; Many latrines were built from 2014 to 2018. The ownership of latrine has risen from around 35 percent to around 70 percent, said Sangita Vyas of the Research Institute for Compassionate Economics (RICE).

& # 39; That increase has accelerated the reduction of open defecation, but in December 2018 we estimate about half of the people in the states of Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan still in the open air, & # 39; she told AFP, doubting that the deficit has been made up since.

Many of the toilets that are built have no water connection, and even when connected, cultural barriers prevent many Indians from using them, experts say.

The Indian government says it has built more than 100 million toilets, especially in rural areas, a major public health problem in the country with 1.3 billion people. He made his & # 39; latrines for all & # 39; promise when he first took office in 2014 and praises the success of the project as India celebrates the 150th anniversary of the birth of independence hero Mahatma Gandhi, a sanitary champion Services

The Indian government says it has built more than 100 million toilets, especially in rural areas, a major public health problem in the country with 1.3 billion people. He made his & # 39; latrines for all & # 39; promise when he first took office in 2014 and praises the success of the project as India celebrates the 150th anniversary of the birth of independence hero Mahatma Gandhi, a sanitary champion Services

The Indian government says it has built more than 100 million toilets, especially in rural areas, a major public health problem in the country with 1.3 billion people. He made his & # 39; latrines for all & # 39; promise when he first took office in 2014 and praises the success of the project as India celebrates the 150th anniversary of the birth of independence hero Mahatma Gandhi, a sanitary champion Services

The announcement comes a week after a 10-year-old boy and a 12-year-old girl were beaten to death for pooping in the open air, underlining the violence that was sometimes unleashed to maintain the flagship of Prime Minister Narendra Modi cleanliness.

The children from the Dalit community, India's lowest social caste previously known as & # 39; untouchables & # 39 ;, were on their way to their grandfather's home in the Shivpuri district of central Madhya Pradesh on Wednesday.

& # 39; It was early in the morning and they had stopped participating in nature's call & # 39; when they were attacked, police inspector general Raja Babu Singh told AFP by phone Thursday.

& # 39; The children have been taken to the hospital, but they have succumbed to their injuries. & # 39;

Two brothers were arrested, one of whom & # 39; mentally unhealthy & # 39; seemed to be, Singh added.

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