Only 53 per cent of the population wash hands with soap after defecation, 38 per cent wash hands with soap before eating and only 30 per cent wash hands with soap before preparing food.
Only 11 per cent of the Indian rural families dispose child stools safely. 80 per cent children's stools are left in the open or thrown into the garbage.
Only 6 per cent of rural children less than five years of age use toilets.According to an article in LiveMint, data has been released by the National Sample Survey office (NSSO) from a survey conducted in 2012 .Only 32% of rural household have their own toilets and that less than half of Indian households have a toilet at home.
The percentage of households having access to television and telephone in rural India exceeds the percentage pf households with access to toilet facilities.
Of the estimated billion people in the world who defecate in the open, more than half reside in India.