Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

8/4/2014 (1 year ago)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

Open defecation remains ongoing practice in many areas

While many African villages have made headway in combating such deadly disease as cholera with the mandated use of indoor flush toilets, the idea still hasn't caught on in many rural parts of India. Open defecation is still widely practiced there, in spite of the spread of debilitating diseases.

India's cast system has led to a select class of women called 'night soil gatherers,' women who gather feces from non-flush toilets.

India's cast system has led to a select class of women called "night soil gatherers," women who gather feces from non-flush toilets.

Highlights

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

8/4/2014 (1 year ago)

Published in Asia Pacific

Keywords: India, sanitation, flush toilets, open defecation, diseases


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - There are several cultural norms working against flush toilets in rural India. One mother, who along with her four children eschew toilets to defecate n an open field, says that toilets are only for "city-dwellers who don't have space to go in the open . Feces don't belong under the same roof as where we eat and sleep."

Attitudes such as these may prove to be Prime Minister Narendra Modi's biggest challenge in combating the world's biggest sanitation problem. Open defecation costs India 600,000 lives annually from diarrhea and exposes a third of the nation's women to the risk of rape or sexual assault.

SAVE Iraqi Christians from Genocide --

Without toilets for half the population, Modi promised to build 5.3 million latrines by the end of his first 100 days in office, which would be one a second until Aug. 31, according to the Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation.

"Targets for construction of toilets are somewhat irrelevant to resolving the sanitation problem," Yamini Aiyar, director of policy research group Accountability Initiative in New Delhi says. "Building toilets does not mean that people will use them and there seems to be a host of cultural, social and caste-based reasons for that. People need to be taught the value of sanitation."

These needs are not being addressed. More than half of the country's sanitation education budget since 1999 hasn't been spent, according to the Ministry of Drinking Water & Sanitation. In at least five of India's poorest states, the majority of people in households with a government latrine don't use it.

The government has set Mahatma Gandhi's 150th birthday in 2019 as its target for achieving "total sanitation," including access to toilets for all 1.2 billion residents, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said in his budget speech earlier this month.

While Jaitley doubled spending on new toilets to 40 billion rupees, the ratio of those funds that can be spent on information, education and communication, remains at 15 percent.

About 100,000 tons of Indian villager's excrement heads to markets every day on fruit and vegetables, according to UNICEF, the United Nations children's fund. Each gram of feces in an open field contains 10 million viruses, one million bacteria and 1,000 parasite cysts.

The feces n turn contaminates groundwater, causing illnesses such as diarrhea and cholera, and deters tourists whose immune systems are at the highest risk from the drug-resistant strains of fecal bacteria.

---


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'


Copyright 2016 - Distributed by THE CALIFORNIA NETWORK

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for June 2016
Universal:
Human Solidarity: That the aged, marginalized, and those who have no one may find–even within the huge cities of the world–opportunities for encounter and solidarity.
Evangelization: Seminarians and Novices: That seminarians and men and women entering religious life may have mentors who live the joy of the Gospel and prepare them wisely for their mission.



Comments


More Asia Pacific

Christians 'Chained like dogs' Watch

Image of Persecuted Christians held in deplorable conditions in Thailand (BBC).

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Christian persecution continues throughout Pakistan but what happened to the Christians who got away? LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Christians fleeing their Muslim neighbors in the Middle East have traveled as far as possible to escape persecution and the ... continue reading


'They are notorious here': Philippines cracks down on drug dealers Watch

Image of Rodrigo Duterte's campaign to tackle drugs and crime is proving successful (dutertecayetano).

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Rodrigo Duterte, a Filipino lawyer and politician who recently won the President-elect for the Philippines, has thus far kept his campaign promises to fight illegal drugs and crime. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Durerte struck the right cord in the Philippines ... continue reading


5,000 terrorist suspects arrested in Bangladesh Watch

Image of Bangladesh takes a stand against terror.

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Over the course of a single week, a series of police raids resulted in the arrest of over 5,000 known and suspected Islamist militants. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - After a police superintendent lost his wife to a machete attack, the Bangladesh police have ... continue reading


First Muslims, now Hindus: Christians tortured for refusing to turn from God Watch

Image of Hindu extremists tortured 29 Christians when they refused to forsake Christ (DailyMail).

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

A group of Christians living in Katholi, India refused to to forsake Christ, prompting Hindu extremists to first beat then torture the men, women and even their children. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - According to Express, Hindu extremists gathered 29 Christians ... continue reading


Philippine president calls on civilians to shoot drug dealers Watch

Image of Duterte, 71, has called on civilians to kill drug dealers in their neighborhood.

By Marshall Connolly (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

The president-elect of the Philippines has suggested civilians take the law into their own hands against drug dealers, and promised to reward those who did. LOS ANGELES, CA (California Network) - President-elect Rodrigo Duterte has shocked millions by asking civilians ... continue reading


The two shamefully apparent reasons modern slavery thrives Watch

Image of Nearly 46-million people are victims of modern slavery (Background to the draft Modern Slavery Bill).

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Since the abolishment of slavery, the United States has made continued, if shaky, progress over the years - but there remain nearly 46 million modern-day slaves across the globe. The bottom line is simple: slave labor and exploitation yields higher profits for slave ... continue reading


Is all social media fake? Revealed: China owns 448,000,000 FAKE social media profiles, but why? Watch

Image of How many social network accounts are fake?

By Marshall Connolly (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

The next time you encounter an internet troll, be warned, he could be getting paid to fan the flames, or to douse your conversation. A new study our of Harvard reveals that China is using an army of 448 million fake troll accounts to influence public opinion. And China ... continue reading


Mafia-related demonic possessions cause children to froth at mouth and convulse Watch

Image of Over 80 school children in Peru are believed to be victims of demon possession (YouTube).

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

A "mass demonic possession" has erupted at Peruvian school Elsa Perea Flores, leaving over 80 students convulsing, frothing at the mouth, fainting, and displaying erratic behavior. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The children, most of whom are between 11 and ... continue reading


Obama to Hiroshima: Will he really be welcome? Watch

Image of US President Barack Obama will be the first sitting president to visit Hiroshima (aljazeera).

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

U.S. President Barack Obama is set to become the first sitting president to visit Hiroshima following the atomic attack August 6, 1945. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Critics worried Obama's trip was to apologize for the devastation, but according to The New York ... continue reading


Child raped by father then lashed as punishment Watch

Image of India continues to modernize itself but the shift is too slow for many (Wikipedia).

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

India is famous for it's diverse culture, vibrant clothing, incredible festivals, elephant gods, elaborate gold jewelry, the Taj Mahal and spicy food. It is an amazing place for tourists to visit - but what about the natives? LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - India ... continue reading


All Asia Pacific News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Subscribe to Catholic OnlineYouTube Channel

the FEED
by Catholic Online

Daily Readings

Reading 1, Amos 2:6-10, 13-16
6 Yahweh says this: For the three crimes, the four crimes of Israel, I ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 50:16-17, 18-19, 20-21, 22-23
16 But to the wicked, God says: 'What right have you to recite my ... Read More

Gospel, Matthew 8:18-22
18 When Jesus saw the crowd all about him he gave orders to leave for the ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for June 27th, 2016 Image

St. Cyril of Alexandria
June 27: St. Cyril of Alexandria, Bishop and Doctor of the ... Read More