Open-Defecation Free(ODF)

50 percent of India’s population defecates in the open: UNICEF

New Delhi, June 03, 2014: UNICEF estimates that almost 594 million —nearly 50 percent of India’s population — defecates in the open, with the situation particularly acute in impoverished rural areas such as the Badaun district of Uttar Pradesh.

Most women raped in UP were defecating in open, says top police officer

Lucknow, May 30, 2014: A top Uttar Pradesh police officer on Friday said a majority of rapes in rural areas of the state have occured when the victims had gone out in the open to answer nature's call.

Why India's sanitation crisis kills women

May 30, 2014: The gruesome rape and hanging of two teenage girls in the populous Uttar Pradesh state again proves how women have become the biggest victims of India's sanitation crisis.

U.N. Vows to Eliminate Open Defecation by 2025

United Nations, May 28, 2014: At the height of his election campaign last October, Narendra Modi, India's Hindu nationalist leader, briefly set aside his spiritual aspirations when he told a surprised audience that economic development should take precedence over religion.

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