NHRC Seeks Explanation From Centre, States on Open Defecation

Published: 01st July 2014 12:14 AM  |   Last Updated: 01st July 2014 12:14 AM   |  A+A-

By IANS

NEW DELHI: The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) Monday sought an explanation from the central and state governments over the lack of toilets which lead to open defecation in the country.

"We have sought reports from the secretary, union ministry of drinking water and sanitation and the chief secretaries of all states and union territories within four weeks on the issue of defecation in open and lack of toilets," said an NHRC official.

Citing a survey which said 30 percent of the women who defecated in the open were sexually assaulted, the commission expressed concern over the issue.

The notice followed suo motu cognizance of a media report quoting the 2011 census that more that 62 crore Indians, or half of the country's population, defecated in the open for want for toilets.

Stay up to date on all the latest Nation news with The New Indian Express App. Download now
(Get the news that matters from New Indian Express on WhatsApp. Click this link and hit 'Click to Subscribe'. Follow the instructions after that.)

Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp