Despite cellphone boom in India, toilet access still lags – The Globe and Mail

In India, first world cell phones, but third world toilets.  Kuan Yew Lee, in Singapore, said clean running water differentiates first world countries from the third world.

More people in India have cellphones than have toilets. [….]

The “houselisting census” asked 246.6 million households a wide range of questions from what their walls were made of to whether they had a radio. Results are now out, and the survey found that 63.2 per cent of households said they had a telephone connection – that’s up from 9.1 per cent a decade ago, and the increase is due almost entirely to the rise in cellphone ownership.

However only 53.1 per cent of Indian households have access to a toilet – either one in their own home or in a shared toilet block. Less than one in three rural Indians has access to a toilet.  [….]

“Open defecation continues to be a big concern for the country as almost half of the population do it,” Census Commissioner C. Chandramouli said when he released the new data. “Cultural and traditional reasons and a lack of education are the prime reasons for this unhygienic practice. We have to do a lot in these fronts.”

Excerpt from “Despite cellphone boom in India, toilet access still lags” |Stephanie Nolen | March 15, 2012 | The Globe and Mail at http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/world/worldview/despite-cellphone-boom-in-india-toilet-access-still-lags/article2368981/.

Despite cellphone boom in India, toilet access still lags - The Globe and Mail

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