Katra Saadatganj, Badaun, India – On Sunday afternoon, a group of women teased each other over who would be the first to use the new toilets constructed in their village in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh. They picked on Neetu after the 15-year-old declared that she would “never again” have to defecate in the fields.
“I’m going to use the toilet in the evening,” she said.
The women burst out laughing when Gita, 25, a neighbour, pointed out that no one had to wait until it was dark. “We can go anytime in our own toilets,” she said.
The group nodded sympathetically as Gita recalled the painful experience of wanting to relieve herself after every few hours during her pregnancy. “My baby girls will grow up without this humiliation,” she said… read it at Al Jazeera.