The writer is executive director, Population Foundation of India. She tweets at @Letstransform
The advertisement industry itself is no stranger to innuendo and double entendre – and it is a blatant hypocrisy to make advertisements for condoms the scapegoat in this issue.
At some point over the course of the evening, the venue was converted to an intimate space where people from all walks of life come together with one voice, focused on putting an end to the violence that women and girls suffer every day.
MKBKSH, a show on empowering women, has reached 400 million people, been dubbed in 11 languages, aired on 239 radio stations and given saas-bahu entertainment serials a run for their money.
India does need these toilets badly. Over half a billion people practice open defecation, the highest number in the world.
While decadal growth rates are declining among all religious communities, the decline has been sharper among Muslims than among Hindus over the last three decades.