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    ..."I was pregnant, and went to relieve myself up the hill as we had no toilets. Suddenly, I felt a sharp pain in my abdomen. To my horror, I realised that my baby was already halfway out. "She pauses, trying to keep her emotions in check before continuing, "His head was stuck. I was in great pain, and alone on the hill. I was there for over an hour before help finally arrived. But it was too late. I had lost my child and there was nothing I could do about it." Even more heart-wrenching than her story is the fact that hers is not a one-off case - 65 per cent of households in rural India do not have toilets.For a country that has become a significant global economic player and ranks second in terms of the number of mobile phone users, open defecation and the lack of toilets is still a matter of embarrassment. India accounts for 59 per cent of the world's 120 crore people who defecate in the open. ...

    NDTV on Nov. 18, 2015, midnight