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Life is without toilets for millions in Bihar

10 August 2010

Parvatia Devi and her young daughter, residents of Ranipur village near the Bihar capital, make their way to an open field under the cover of darkness everyday – to defecate. They are the faces of millions of people in Bihar – around 8.8 million households in a state of over 100 million people – who have no toilet facilites.

Ranipur village under Phulawrisharief police station is one such village. ‘Going to a nearby field to defecate in groups in the darkness is a regular feature for these people,’ Rajdeo Paswan, a villager, told IANS here. ‘If you want to see the reality, please visit the nearby field early morning and/or late evening as people are forced to go there to attend nature’s call.’

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