Will access to toilets guarantee women's security in rural India?by The Daily Eye Team June 9 2014, 12:27 pm Estimated Reading Time: 0 mins, 52 secs
The Badaun rape incident shows how vulnerable women are to sexual violence when there are no toilets in homes The shocking incident of gang rape and murder of two minor girls in Uttar Pradesh’s Badaun district has drawn horrified reactions from leaders across the world. While most of the media attention has been on the apathy and insensitivity shown by the Akhilesh Yadav government and the police force, what is also of concern is that the incident happened when the girls had stepped out of their home at night to ease themselves. The incident that stirred the conscience of the nation has once again exposed the poor sanitation facilities in rural India that makes women vulnerable to such extreme violence. Will construction of toilets in every rural home, then, avert such incidents? There has been no study undertaken but there are some indicators. Take Panipat district in Haryana where police admit that there is a significant decrease in complaints of women being assaulted while easing themselves in the open.