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The unsanitary truth about gender inequality in India

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A lack of basic sanitation and privacy in Indian schools is driving adolescent girls away from education.

India is rapidly emerging as one of the world's largest economies, with the United Nations predicting that its GPD growth this year will hit a healthy 6.4 percent. But as business booms, school sanitation facilities across the country remain woefully inadequate. Despite government efforts to improve the situation, a recent report by the Right to Education Forum showed 40 percent of schools in India still lack a functional common toilet. A further 40 percent lack separate toilet facilities for girls.


Date: 17 June 2013