Open defecation in India: forcing people to stop is not the solution

WaterAid/Anil Cherukupalli

While access to toilets remains a major concern, the scenario is even worse when it comes to the third gender. There are practically no toilets for transgender in our country, apart from just one in Mysore. This means over 4.88 lakh (as per Census 2011) transgender people are compelled to use the toilets that relates to their gender identity. It often means having to deal with stares, taunts, and threats of violence and sniggering.

In order to avoid using public toilets, the transgender people tend to not eat or drink anything hours before they have to leave their home. Their lobby to the government to construct separate public toilets for them is in progress. Read more

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