India PM Modi Claims All Villages Open-Defecation Free Under Nationwide Campaign; Some Residents, Experts Dispute Claim

Associated Press: India’s PM says villages are open-defecation free now
“India’s prime minister said Wednesday the country’s villages now all have access to toilets as his government announced another ambitious campaign aimed at eliminating single-use plastics within three years…” (Varagur, 10/2).

Al Jazeera: Modi declares India open defecation free, claim questioned
“… ‘In 60 months, 600 million people have been given access to toilets, more than 110 million toilets have been built. The whole world is amazed to hear this,’ Modi told a crowd in Ahmedabad city. … Dimple Peter, a local social worker, claimed that for a population of more than 800 people [in one colony], there is just one community toilet with 10 latrines. … Residents said they are forced to defecate in the open as there are not enough community toilets to cater for a large number of people. They also said the toilets remain closed at night…” (Kuchay, 10/2).

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