11 Apr '12, 9pm

Indian Census Reveals Population has More Cellphones than Toilets

Indian Census Reveals Population has More Cellphones than Toilets

The latest figures from India's Census reveal some striking disparities between the population's access to basic human needs, such as a toilet and running water, and their access to modern communication devices. Imagine if the next time you need to use the bathroom, you can't just go down the hall and close the door behind you, somewhere with privacy, where you can also wash your hands afterward. Instead, you have to go search out a place behind a bush or a tree, maybe somewhere in the open, maybe somewhere with a minimal amount of privacy, if you're lucky. That's the case for a huge number of people in India, as they are more likely to own a cellphone than to have a toilet at home. In this rapidly growing nation of 1.2 billion people, almost 50% of the population still defecate in the open, with no toilet in their homes or access to clean drinking water at home, yet 53% o...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/gadgets/indian-census-reveals-p...

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